2 kids may have played with matches: neighbors-A A +A
Thursday, October 18, 2012
TWO witnesses told Dalaguete’s fire investigators that the two boys who were trapped and burned to death in the fire last Tuesday were usually seen playing with fire.
John Mark Jorolan, 3, and Jayden Sydney Indig, 4, were trapped inside a shanty in the mountain barangay of Catolohan, Dalaguete.
Their charred remains were found side by side in the kitchen.
Jorolan and Indig were reportedly laid to rest yesterday.
SFO2 Juldy Deposa of the Dalaguete Fire Station said they still have to continue their investigation and check on other possible causes of the fire.
Deposa said they discounted speculations that Jorolan and Indig were playing with a match and lighter.
“We could not easily conclude because as what the witnesses said, they did not saw the
two playing with matches but they usually see them playing with fire,” he explained.
He said that they also did not find traces of matches or a lighter in the fire scene.
“Kani man gud silang bataa, magduwa man kuno ni pirmi ug luto-luto gamit ang kalayo gyud, mao nay pirmi makit-an sa silingan (They were often seen cooking while playing),” said Deposa.
He said they will include in their investigation the affidavits of the two witnesses, Marlo Bikibik and Harold Manos.
“Kung makit-an man gani ning magduwa ang bata ug posposoro, badlungon man gyud na
dayon (The kids were admonished whenever they were seen playing with matches), so we will still have to also look for other witnesses to determine the possible cause of fire,” added Deposa.
Bikbik and Manos were among the neighbors who tried to save the two victims.
The fire started past 8 a.m. last Tuesday while the children were left alone at home.
The fire, fanned by strong winds, quickly gutted the house owned by Anastacio Asenjo, Indig’s grandfather.
Indig had visited Jorolan early in the morning to play, while the latter’s mother watched them nearby.
few minutes later, the two walked away and went to Indig’s house. Asenjo was not around that time as he went to his farm to work.
Firefighters only learned about the incident hours later. The area is about 23 kilometers away or an hour’s drive from the town proper.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 18, 2012.