Two more HTI line leaders in EPZA fire die

  • Two more Cavite EPZA fire victims reportedly died last Friday
  • Both were employees and line leaders of HTI
  • About 20 fire victims, mostly suffering from severe burns, remain in hospitals
  • At least eight patients have been transferred to Metro Manila hospitals last week

MANILA, Philippines – Two more Housing Technology Industries (HTI) employees died on Friday; bringing the fatalities in the Cavite Economic Zone fire early this month to three.

The second victim has been identified by Cavite Gov. Jesus Crispin Remulla as Richard Sargento, 33 years old and a resident of Tanza, Cavite. He reportedly succumbed to infection and pneumonia.

Sargento died last Friday at 2:15 while being treated at the Divine Grace Medical Center.

The third victim was Alex Larog, also 33 years old. He died also on Friday at 6:00 pm, just hours after being transferred to the Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center in Manila. He is from Rosario, Cavite and Sta. Monica, Surigao Del Norte

“The doctors at the (JRRMMC) informed me that Larog died while his wounds were being cleaned,” Remulla told InterAksyon.

Larog is one of the eight patients transferred to other hospitals in Manila last week in hopes of finding better equipment for treating burns. Three more are scheduled to be transferred over the next few days

Both Sargento and Larog are line leaders of HTI.

On February 4, Jerome Sismaet, a 37-year-old line leader, died at the Divine Grace Medical Center; becoming the first victim to die from the tragedy.

According to Remulla, out of the 126 injured, there were about 20 more victims, all suffering from burns who still remain in the hospital.

Meanwhile, the governor assured the public that no one was left behind or trapped inside the burnt building in the blaze described by many local officials as one of the ‘worst’ incidents to hit the Cavite economic zone in recent years.