MANILA, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) - The house of award-winning actress Chin-Chin Gutierrez at Loyola Heights in Quezon City caught fire Tuesday morning.
Authorities said the fire, which occurred shortly after midnight, was triggered by faulty electrical wiring. The firefighters put the blaze under control after almost an hour.
Gutierrez' neighbor, singer-composer Jim Paredes, was among the first to arrive in the area.
No one was reported hurt in the incident. The actress was not home when the fire broke out.
According to Angela Ureta, Gutierrez’s artist manager, the actress is attending an out-of-town ecological workshop since August 27. Ureta said Gutierrez only learned about the incident Tuesday morning.
“Her helper was present at the time of the incident, but said she was fast asleep in her own quarters and did not notice anything unusual until she heard shouts from the neighbors,” Ureta said in a press statement.
She said the house was burned to the ground and none of Gutierrez’s personal belongings were saved.
“The fire was contained within an hour or less and no other portions of the premises were destroyed, nor were there any damages to neighbors,” she said.
“No one was hurt and we are now in the process of organizing things to secure the continued wellbeing of Chin-Chin and her domestic staff,” she added.
They are also trying to secure the final report of investigators on the incident.
This was the second time that Gutierrez's house, which was made of light materials, burned down.
Her house burned down in 2006 when the actress suffered second-degree burns on her hands and feet. She also got minor burns on her face and a back injury after she tried to save her mother, Cecilia, from the burning house.
The actress's Loyola Heights residence was her "temporary shelter" after the 2006 fire.
No media interview
Gutierrez’s manager said the actress could not grant interviews at the moment.
“We regret to inform you that aside from issuing this statement, we are declining any further interviews with Chin-Chin at this moment. We hope you understand that this is a very trying time for her and that her attention is needed in more immediate concerns,” she said.
Ureta added that Gutierrez “appreciates the expressions of concern that have been pouring in through various means of communication.”
Gutierrez also sent her personal message through Ureta.
“God’s primacy and will for me is of utmost importance. We are unified in prayer. Right now, my focus is on taking care of the immediate concerns and obligations that this unfortunate incident has brought. I really cannot make any long-term plans at this point, yet certainly there is Divine Plan. I know everything has a purpose,” the actress said.
Gutierrez, one of the most beautiful faces in local show business, made her television debut as Maria Clara in the Cultural Center of the Philippines' mini-series "Noli Me Tangere" in 1993.
She supports the animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and environmental watchdog Greenpeace. She graced the cover of TIME Asia's 2003 issue on "Asian Heroes."
Reposted From ABS-CBN News