A 40-minute blaze caused by faulty electrical wiring razed the house of veteran actress Chin-Chin Gutierrez in Loyola Heights, Quezon City near midnight of Aug. 31.
One of Gutierrez’s neighbors, composer Jim Paredes said he ran outside his house upon seeing the fire to warn the actress. The actress however was not around and only her household help, Laura Pure, was at home when the fire broke out.
It can be recalled that this is the second time in four years that the same house burned down. An earlier fire incident in December 2006 claimed the life of Gutierrez’ mother Cecilia.
The actress herself suffered second-degree burns on her hands and feet, some minor burns on her face, and also injured her back while trying to save her mother.