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36 bodies found inside NCCC Mall – BFP

Davao City authorities discovered 36 lifeless bodies inside the NCCC Mall in Davao City on Monday, two days after it was destroyed by fire.

The sad news was announced by Bureau of Fire Protection Davao City Director Senior Superintendent Wilberto Rico Neil Kwan Tiu on Christmas day.

“We found them lifeless. I personally counted them. There were around 36,” Tiu told the press and the families of the missing persons which believed trapped inside the burning mall.

According to them, the bodies were found at the lobby of SSI office located at the fourth floor of the mall.

After hearing the news, the families of the victims suddenly became emotional and weeping were heard after the officials announced the result of their rescue operations inside the NCCC mall.

“Our deepest apologies, we were not able save them,” he said.

The body of one of the missing person was found yesterday and the authorities can’t identify the victim because of the burn that he/she received from the fire.

Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte sent her condolences to the families of the victims. She also cancelled the celebration of Christmas in Davao City as part of their mourning to the tragic incident.

This are the list of the missing persons which believed trapped inside the building for two days:

1. Jessica Solis
2. Gantioco Celestial Jr
3. Ian Kiem Adlawan
4. Regine Generales
5. Christen Joy Garzon
6. Apple Jane Celades
7. Iana Apalacio
8. Jonas Basalan
9. Jim Benedict Quimsing
10. Kurtchin Angela Bangoy
11. Mary Joy Daluro
12. Randy Balcao
13. Rosyl Montanez
14. Missy Rose Artiaga
15. Analiza Penarejo
16. Christine Joy Ferraren
17. Ivan Roble
18. Christine Alviola
19. Alexandra Moreno Castillo
20. Hongijangjian- family not interviewed
21. Desiree Gayle Zacarias
22. Jesseca Samontina
23. Mary Louielyn Bongcayao
24. Nancy Loyd Abad
25. Jeffrey Sismar
26. Johani Matundo
27. Joyne Pabelonia
28. Elyn Joy Yorsua
29. Shiela Mae Bacaling
30. Mark Entera – family not interviewed
31. Charlyn Liwaya
32. Mikko Demafeliz
33. Roderick Antipuesto
34. Rhenzi Nova Muyco
35. Roderick Constantinopla
36. Venus Joy Kimpo
37. Janine Joy Obo

According to the news reports, the fire started at the third floor of the mall which houses products like fabrics, wooden furniture and plastic ware.

The survivors who almost got trapped inside the mall recounted that the black smoke quickly entered at the fourth floor of the building where a BPO firm was operating.

Most of the victims were believed to be BPO employees who fail to escape the fourth floor of the mall.

As of writing, the authorities have yet to determine the cause of the fire.