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Bacoleņa dies saving dogs


A 35-year-old Bacolod resident died saving her dogs from her burning house at Lomboy Street, Capitol Heights in Barangay Villamonte, Bacolod City, at about 6:18 a.m. yesterday.

Her son was injured in the 30-minute fire.

Michelle Mirasol was found lying in the comfort room of their house, near a faucet, with a wet towel that she probably used to help her breathe, while the fire was raging and thick smoke was billowing, Chief Insp. Publio Ploteña, Bacolod City fire marshal, said yesterday.

Mirasol’s son, Michael Patrick, 16, sustained minor burns, a Bacolod Bureau of Fire Protection report showed.

Some of Mirasol’s dogs were already outside the house but she went back into the burning house to save the other dogs that were in a cage, including her Shih Tzu dog, Ploteña said.

The remains of the burn dogs were found in their cage after the fire was put out.

Their neighbors took care of some of the dogs saved during the fire.

The parents of Mirasol had called and waved to the victim to come out, but the fire was already huge, prompting her to proceed to the other side of the house where the comfort room was, Ploteña said.

He said Mirasol may have suffocated.

Initial investigation showed that the fire, believed to be electrical in nature, started at the ceiling of the living room, Ploteña said.

The fire destroyed about P100,000 worth of property and was put out at about 6:47 a.m. yesterday.

The family’s Honda Civic car was also damaged.*


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