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Seven 'sleeping' staff die in Philippine store fire

Published on Dec 6, 2013 7:21 PM

DAVAO, Philippines (AFP) - Seven store employees were killed in the southern Philippines when a paint shop burned down while they were sleeping inside, the provincial police chief said on Friday.

The fatalities - three men and four women - died when the Palomares Paint Store in the rural town of Manay in Mindanao island caught fire late on Thursday, said Senior Superintendent Jose Carumba.

"The victims were stay-in storekeepers and helpers. All of them were burned beyond recognition when found," he said.

The bodies were found still in their beds, indicating the fire spread quickly due to the paint and other flammable materials in the store, Supt Carumba added.

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