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Tuguegarao hotel fire, 9 nursing students missing

By on Dec 19, 2010 in Asia Comments

Updated December 19, 2010, 9:12 p.m.

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Cagayan, Philippines – A hotel in Tuguegarao was reported to have caught by fire before dawn Sunday and nine nursing students were declared missing and may reach to 15 people, who were feared to be dead, according to local news sites.

Apparently, about 50 hotel guests were said to be accounted for after a fire broke at Sunshine Bed and Breakfast Hotel, which is located at 38 Luna Street, Tuguegarao City, in Cagayan Valley.

Tuguegarao City fire Marshall apparently told the news that 9 out the 50 guests are missing and could have died on the fire, which are believed to be nursing students who was scheduled to take the board exams on Sunday.

The fire was believed to have started at the ground floor but reached the 5th floor of the hotel, and most of the guests were sleeping when the fire broke out, reports say.

According to GMANews.tv, a certain Aida Mariano, who is the mother of one of the students named Fatima told them that her daughter called her at around 3 a.m. and said nine of her classmates were trapped inside the hotel during the fire.

Fatima was crying when she called me up. She said nine of her friends did not make it to the door. She was complaining something about locked exit doorways and fire extinguishers that are not working. Please let us pray for them.” Mrs. Mariano was quoted as saying.

Initial reports said that the nine missing students came from University of La Salette (ULS) in Santiago City, in which 6 others were confirmed to have been brought to the nearest hospital

News also said that there were also students from Aldersgate College in Solano, Nueva Viscaya inside the hotel; no reports on what happened to them as of this writing.

Since the cellphone of Fatima was reported to have been sequestered by the exam proctor, the Nursing board was assumed to pursue despite the fire incident.

The fire was said to be called off after 4 hours, and the cause is still under thorough investigation, according to reports.



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