Two OFWs die in Saudi construction site fire

Two overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) on Sunday, May 20, died in a fire that engulfed a construction site in Saudi Arabia.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) identified the casualties as Jessie Alata Pacetes and Reynaldo Barroga Castro who worked as heavy equipment drivers and operators in Narjan province in the western region of Saudi Arabia.

Consul General Edgar Badajos said the two were inside the sleeping area with 13 other OFWs when the fire erupted at around 1 in the morning.

Information from the Embassy in Saudi claimed that the fire was caused by faulty electrical wiring.

Badajos said they learned about the incident when the construction company sent them a letter notifying them of the death of the two OFWs.

Meanwhile, foreign affairs secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said a team has already been sent to the construction site to coordinate with the employers of the victims and to assist in the repatriation of remains to the Philippines.

“For the immediate repatriation of the remains of the victims and secure whatever benefits that are due them as well as to ascertain from local authorities the real cause of the fire,” Cayetano said.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the loved ones of our two kababayan who lost their lives in the tragedy.”

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