Two Pinoy heavy equipment drivers perish in Saudi Arabia fire

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  • Two OFWs died in a blaze in Saudi Arabia
  • The victims were both heavy equipment drivers
  • DFA Secretary Cayetano expressed his sympathies to the families of the victims

Two overseas Filipino workers died when fire engulfed their sleeping quarters at a construction site in Saudi Arabia on Sunday, May 20.

As per CNN Philippines, the fatalities were identified by the Department of Foreign Affairs as Jessie Alata Pacetes and Reynaldo Barroga Castro, both heavy equipment drivers and operators.

Consul General Edgar Badajos said the blaze took place at around 10:00 p.m. at the victims’ jobsite in Najran, a province in the Western Region of Saudi Arabia. Faulty electrical wiring is suspected to have caused the fire.

DFA Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano dispatched a team from the Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah to discuss with the employer the arrangements for the immediate repatriation of the remains of the two Pinoy workers and secure whatever benefits due them.

Sec. Cayetano expressed his sympathies to the victims’ families.

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