By Dhel Nazario
Nine people perished after being trapped inside a two-story home that was razed by a one-hour fire in Pasay City before dawn Thursday.
Only one survived the blaze.
Lone survivor Jasmine Calma said her husband’s cries for help were the last she heard during the one-hour fire.
Calma recalled that she was able to escape imminent death after jumping from their window. Her husband Michael Calma could have also escaped but was trapped after coming back to wake up their children.
Calma could only cry as she stared down at their charred home. Calma’s family, which occupied the second floor, and the Wablas family, which occupied the first floor, all died in the fire that reached the first alarm.
The fatalities were Julius Wablas, 39; Rhea Wablas, 40; Julie Wablas 46; Nichole Wablas, 9; Jurick Andrea Wablas, 3; Michael Calma, 44; Mark Joseph Calma, 23; John Clark
Calma, 17; and Andrew James Calma,11.
Jasmine appealed for support in order to give her family a decent burial.
According to the Pasay City Bureau of Fire Protection, the fire broke out at around 2 a.m. at the house owned by Julius Wablas, at 336 Almazor St., Barangay 185, Maricaban, Pasay City. Made up of combustible materials, the house was quickly engulfed by the fire.
The fire of still unknown origin was put out at around 3:14 a.m. Pasay City BFP found three bodies in the comfort room, two on the second floor, one in the kitchen, and two near the exit of the house.
Arson investigators are still investigating the cause of the blaze, with estimated damage to properties pegged at P50,000.
Meanwhile, Pasay City Mayor Tony Calixto said that he will be paying for the burial expenses and will also provide financial support to the survivor.