TACLOBAN CITY– An 83-year-old woman and her 25-grandson died after their house was burned down in Borongan City, Eastern Samar on Sunday early morning.

Based on the report of the local city fire office, the fatalities, Lourdes Abobo and her grandson Lloyd Alec Legion, were asleep inside their house located in Barangay Tamoso, when the fire broke out at about 3:05 am.

The house was already on fire when they rose from their sleep and failed to get out, the city fire office said.

The cause of the fire incident is still being investigated by the fire office but initially indicated that it could be due to an ‘overheated appliances.’

“The incident is still under investigation but we are looking at overheated appliances like an electric fan and a mobile phone charger,” chief afire investigator Franklin Marzon said in a phone interview.

The two died due to suffocation, based on the result of the examination conducted by the members of the scene of the crime operatives (Soco), he added.

The fire was declared as over at 4:15 am with the damage cost placed at about P700,000.