Fire in Philippine mall kills 37 people

A fire in a Philippino mall killed 37 people on Saturday.

The blaze started in a furniture store at the NCCC Mall, and quickly spread, gutting the shopping mall. Though the fire started on Saturday, due to thick smoke and extreme heat, firefighters were unable to retrieve bodies until Monday.

All 37 victims were employees of a U.S.-based company, Research Now SSI, located on the third floor of the mall. Gary Laben, the company’s CEO, said they would provide counseling for employees, support funeral arrangements, and set up a fund to assist families of the fire victims.

President Rodrigo Duterte visited the scene in Davao, Philippines, the city where his daughter Sara is the mayor. 

Among the fatalities, six people were rescued and taken to the hospital.

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A fireman uses a water hose at a shopping mall hit by fire in Davao city in Philippines, December 24, 2017. REUTERS/Marconi Navales TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Firemen enter a shopping mall hit by a fire in Davao city in Philippines, December 24, 2017. REUTERS/Marconi Navales
A police officer talks to family members of fire victims after a shopping mall was hit by a fire in Davao city in Philippines, December 24, 2017. REUTERS/Marconi Navales
This photo taken on December 23, 2017 shows a firefighter standing in front of a burning shopping mall in Davao City on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao. Thirty-seven people were believed killed in a fire that engulfed a shopping mall in the southern Philippine city of Davao, local authorities said on December 24. / AFP PHOTO / MANMAN DEJETO (Photo credit should read MANMAN DEJETO/AFP/Getty Images)
This photo taken on December 23, 2017 shows firefighters extinguishing a fire at a shopping mall in Davao City on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao. Thirty-seven people were believed killed in a fire that engulfed a shopping mall in the southern Philippine city of Davao, local authorities said on December 24. / AFP PHOTO / MANMAN DEJETO (Photo credit should read MANMAN DEJETO/AFP/Getty Images)
This photo taken on December 23, 2017 shows people looking at a fire at a shopping mall in Davao City on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao. Thirty-seven people were believed killed in a fire that engulfed a shopping mall in the southern Philippine city of Davao, local authorities said on December 24. / AFP PHOTO / MANMAN DEJETO (Photo credit should read MANMAN DEJETO/AFP/Getty Images)
This photo taken on December 23, 2017 shows firefighters extinguishing a fire at a shopping mall in Davao City on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao. Thirty-seven people were believed killed in a fire that engulfed a shopping mall in the southern Philippine city of Davao, local authorities said on December 24. / AFP PHOTO / MANMAN DEJETO (Photo credit should read MANMAN DEJETO/AFP/Getty Images)
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