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    Graduating student dies trying to save laptop from burning house in Quezon City

    MANILA, Philippines – A graduating student was killed and three others were injured in a house fire in Barangay San Agustin, Novaliches, Quezon City on Tuesday, November 2.

    Melanie Trinidad passed away in a house fire on November 2
    Melanie Trinidad passed away in a house fire on November 2 | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Melanie Trinidad

    Melanie Trinidad, 21, was identified by the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) as the fatality. Second-degree burns were sustained by the victim's grandmother and two other relatives, who were immediately treated.

    According to a report, the victim's grandmother, Luzviminda Trinidad, claimed that Melanie became trapped after rushing inside the burning house to retrieve a laptop she used for studying.

    The fire was declared under control at 2:37 a.m., after reaching the first alarm at around 2:05 a.m. The blaze was put out at 3:06 a.m., according to Senior Inspector Rowena Mamangun of the Quezon City Fire Department.

    Authorities are still looking into the cause of the fire, which allegedly started from the house's ceiling. According to the fire department, property damage was estimated to be around P750,000.

    Melanie was a student of Polytechnic University of the Philippines and a member of the PUP-COC ENSEMBLE (also known as Ansam), the official choral group of the College of Communication. They described her as someone who was full of life and happiness.

    The group's message of sympathy goes, "To our fallen sister, Melanie Trinidad, we are grateful for the time we got to spend with your short-lived life. You filled Ansam with love and happiness. You will never be forgotten. We will always include you in our prayers. Until we sing again. Rest in Paradise, Melanie. We love you so much."

    Following her death, call for donation was made for her and her bereaved family.

    CALL FOR DONATIONS Ansam family gives their sincere condolences to the family of their fallen member, Melanie...

    Posted by PUP COC Ensemble on Monday, November 1, 2021

    — Sally, The Summit Express

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