6 Filipinos, one of them pregnant, killed in Riyadh fire
Six Filipinos, one of them pregnant, died in a fire that struck a house in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Saturday.
Initial information from ACTS-OFW partlist Rep. John Bertiz said the incident happened around 9 a.m. Saturday (Saudi time) in Riyadh.
Also among the victims were children aged 7, 6, and 1.
Bertiz said the victims were sleeping when their house was gutted by fire.
Two more Fiipinos were injured in the incident.
The father was reported to have been at work when the incident happened.
"Nasa work pa siya when it happened. Grabe nakakadurog ng pusko kasi ayon sa tatay, masaya pa siya when he left the house to go for work around 6:00 a.m. then nasa work siya when he received a call that his family died," said Bertiz.
The cause of death has been determined as suffocation.
According to Bertiz — currently in Saudi Arabia as part of the Philippine mission to assist overseas Filipino workers who have not been payed properly by employers — they are prepared to provide assistance to the family.
"We will extend all help to the father if he decided to bring his family back home as he was thinking to bury all of them here in Riyadh," he said.
The Department of Foreign Affairs has yet to release information about the incident.
The identities of the victims have yet to be released by officials. —Jon Viktor D. Cabuenas/ALG/BM, GMA News