PRISONER ESCAPED, KILLED IN ANTIPOLO CITY JAIL FIRE
MANILA, Philippines -- A fire broke out in the Antipolo City Jail at Barangay San Jose on Thursday evening.
An 84-year-old detainee died while 13 others were injured.
The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) has not yet named the victim who complained of difficulty of breathing. The detainee was declared dead on arrival at the Rizal Provincial Hospital System Annex II, according to Leonardo Bombay, security personnel of the emergency room.
13 others were injured in the fire. Most suffered 1st degree to 2nd degree burns, while one reportedly broke his arm during the stampede.
"Siguro nagkaroon ng panic. Nagtalunan, nag-agawan, nagsisigawan kaya ganoon. Parang ang gulo kanina. So immediately, kami naman na nandito, bumaba kami kaagad. And then nakapagtulong-tulong naman kami para ma-intercept ang mga patakas na preso kanina," said Antipolo City Chief of Police PSupt. Villaflor Bannawagan.
Authorities also reported that one detainee, Zimon Michael Dig, managed to escape during the incident. Dig is detained for two counts of robbery.
BJMP assures that tracking teams have been sent to capture the escapee and his family has been informed.
The fire broke out at around 8 p.m. It was under control by around 8:41 p.m. and was fully extinguished by 9 p.m.
Apart from Dig, all 1,471 detainees were reportedly accounted for.
An investigation is currently ongoing to determine the cause of the fire.
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