DEADLY FIRE. The Mirasol family home at Capitol Heights Subdivision in Barangay Villamonte, Bacolod City that was hit by fire on Thursday morning (May 21, 2020). One of the residents, Michelle Grace Mirasol, 36, died while trying to rescue her dogs. (Photo courtesy of Bacolod City Police Office)

BACOLOD CITY – A woman died while trying to rescue her pet dogs from the fire that engulfed her house at Capitol Heights Subdivision, Phase 1 in Barangay Villamonte here on Thursday morning.

Michelle Grace Mirasol, 36, died of suffocation, according to the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP).

Chief Inspector Publio Ploteña, city fire marshal, said the victim was with her child and her parents when the fire broke out at about 6:17 a.m.

They all went out of the house but Mirasol decided to go back to rescue her pet, he added.

Ploteña said Mirasol's body was later found inside the bathroom.

Initial investigation showed the fire started from the electrical wires on the ceiling of the house, which was made of concrete and light materials.

The fire, which ended after 30 minutes, damaged about PHP100,000 worth of properties of the Mirasol family.

Ploteña reminded residents of Bacolod that during fire incidents, no one should be allowed to go back inside the house or building.

“Protect yourself, you only have one life,” he said. (PNA)