MANILA, Philippines – A family of five members died in a fire while trapped inside their house in Pozorrubio, Pangasinan, on Monday, April 3.

Family of 5 dies in Pangasinan fire
A family of 5 died after a fire broke out at 12:10 in the morning of April 3 | Photo Courtesy: GMA Regional News

According to reports, a blaze destroyed 3 houses at around 12:10 in the morning.

The victims of the fire were identified as husband and wife, Mark (34) and Dixie (36) Villanueva, and their 3 children, aged 6, 2, and 1 year old.

GONE TOO SOON | Rest in paradise, De Guzman-Villanueva Family. You will be missed.

Our sympathy and heartfelt…

Posted by Leknaan Ya Pozorrubio, Inc. on Monday, April 3, 2023

SF04 Randy Fabro, the acting municipal fire marshal of the Bureau of Fire Protection Pozorrubio, said the family was trapped when the fire occurred and their bodies were found embracing each other. Five other occupants of the house survived.

According to the authorities’ initial investigation, reported by Bombo Radyo Dagupan, the incident must have started in the house’s garage, where there were allegedly unplugged appliances. The fire was declared under control at around 2:58 a.m. They estimate the total value of the property destroyed was about P9 million.

Meanwhile, as the victims were being remembered online, an outpouring of condolences was sent to their families and loved ones. Leknaan Ya Pozorrubio, Inc., an non-government organization (NGO) has called for donations to the fire victims.

CALL FOR DONATIONS for fire victims in Poblacion, Pozorrubio.

Leknaan Ya Pozorrubio, Inc. is asking the public to pls….

Posted by Leknaan Ya Pozorrubio, Inc. on Monday, April 3, 2023

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