Toddler left by parents with young siblings dies in fire

Posted at 04/10/14 8:17 PM

MANILA - A 1-year-old girl died and her 4-year-old sister got injured after fire razed their home in Barangay Bagbag, Novaliches in Quezon City on Thursday afternoon.

According to Quezon City fire marshal Supt. Jesus Fernandez, 1-year-old Charlotte dela Cruz was left inside the house with her 3 sisters aged 4, 5 and 10 while their mother went to the market.

The girls' father was at work at the time of the incident.

Fernandez said they suspect the fire started after a cigarette was thrown into a pile of wood dust near the victims' house.

Charlotte died on the spot. Her 4-year-old sister sustained burns on her shoulders and feet.

Around 50 families were left homeless in the blaze which hit around 30 houses in the area. - Report from Jon Ibañez, dzMM