MERGE Fire fighters and volunteers rescuing guests at the Java Pension House at Gonzaga-Locsin streets in Bacolod City, who escaped through windows.* (Chamber Volunteer Fire Brigade photo)

Pension house fire kills 6

A five-hour fire that broke out early yesterday morning at the Java Pension House at Gonzaga-Locsin streets in Bacolod City, trapped and killed six persons, and injured four others.

The five fatalities were identified as Christopher Java, 33, the owner of the pension house, his mother Magdalena, 73, his 12-year-old son Christian Miguel, nanny Ronalyn Dacalio, 43, and Arnold Felomino, 58, who was assigned at the front desk, Bacolod Fire Marshal, Chief Insp. Publio Ploteña. said.

The charred body of a male casualty, who was in his 50’s, was found on the roof of the building and could not immediately be identified, he added. moremoremore

It was once home
to iconic Bascon Hotel

Hotelier Oscar “Dodong” Bascon said it was very painful to watch the site of the hotel he ran for 45 years go up in flames yesterday.

The building that was destroyed in a dawn fire was built by former Negros Occidental Gov. Valeriano Gatuslao in 1964 at the corner of Gonzaga and Locsin streets in Bacolod City and was home to Bascon Hotel until 2010, after which it became the Java Pension House, he said.

Bascon, 86, and his friend Alfonso Tan, who owns the building beside the pension house watched from across the street as firefighters worked to retrieve the six who died in the building. moremoremore


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Raymund Montinola, spokesperson of the national Confederation of Sugar Producers, said they have started discussing possible scenarios and policies on how to counter the liberalization being pushed by the economic managers.

Pending proposals from various sugar industry stakeholders on how to reform the sugar industry, the proposed sugar import liberalization has been put on hold, following a meeting among Senate majority floor leader Juan Miguel Zubiri, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez, Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez, and National Economic and Development Authority director-general Ernesto Pernia last week.