NEPHEW and brother-in-law of former governor Daniel "Bitay" Lacson, Jr. were found dead after their two-storey ancestral house at Rizal St., Zone 7, Talisay City razed in fire Thursday dawn.

Owner, 60-year-old Jun Cometa, son Paul Lacson-Cometa (38) and helper Letty Jimena were sleeping when an unattended lighted candle was allegedly blown by strong wind.

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According to third district Board Member Patrick Lacson, what happened to his uncle, cousin, and their helper was a tragedy that they have to accept. "We are just saddened that this happened to their family. I can't even imagine that I and Paul were together two days ago and now he was gone with our Lord."

"Though our family mourned with their lost but we have to move on. My Aunt Sonnie, my uncle Jun's wife, also died in Jauary last year. Now, both my uncle and Paul permanently rested the same month," Lacson said.

Lacson also disclosed that his cousin was a very happy and conted man and now left his wife Liezl and 11-year-old son Raymund, and lone sister Marisan Cometa-Aguilar.

Meanwhile, 13-year-old Jordan Javier and helper Romulo Timago survived the said incident. However, Timago was brought to LN Agustin Medical Hospital in Bacolod City after sustaining injuries during the conflagration.

An estimated P1.5 million in properties was razed by the fire.