Five children left at home alone and locked in by their parents were killed in a fire in a slum at a district of the Philippine capital on Monday, firefighters said .
The victims , four boys and one girl, aged between 1 and 12 years old suffered burns and suffocation, said fire marshall Jones Silvano.
An initial investigation showed that the fire began in the victims ’ three -storey house in the Tondo district of Manila .
Two of the children were reportedly playing with a lighter and ignited some clothes .
Their father was at work , while their mother had gone out to buy food and locked the door from the outside , trapping the siblings inside when the fire struck.
One of the siblings , a nine- year- old boy , survived by jumping from a window on the second floor , Silvano said .
“ The boy called out to his elder brother to also jump , but his brother opted to stay with the younger siblings, ” he said .
The fire quickly spread and damaged a total of 40 houses , leaving about 500 people homeless.
Firefighters had a hard time accessing the area due to congestion and small alleyways.