An enormous fire that consumed a shopping mall in the Philippine city of Davao, trapping at least 37 people inside, continued to burn on Sunday ― more than a day after the blaze began.
Firefightersrecovered one bodyfrom the still-smouldering NCCC Mall on Sunday, reported CNN Philippines.
Distraught relatives were told there was“zero” chance of survivalfor those still trapped inside, said Sara Duterte, the city’s mayor and daughter of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. She added that firefighters would not rest until all bodies are recovered and that an investigation would be launched into the cause of the blaze.
WATCH: Footage of fire in NCCC Mall in Davao yesterday | Video courtesy of Engz Gonzagapic.twitter.com/o6QdSj9Q3V— CNN Philippines (@cnnphilippines) December 24, 2017
The fire is believed to have started Saturday morning on the third floor of the four-story building. SunStar Davao reported that most of the shopping areas of the mall werestill closed to the public at the time. Officials said many of those missingworked at a call centerinside the building, reported The New York Times.
On Sunday, the city of Davao released a list of names of those reported missing:
President Duterte, who was Davao’s mayor until 2016 when his daughter was elected to the post, visited with relatives of those missing on Saturday night. He wasphotographed wiping his tears with a handkerchief during the meeting. A representative said the president “assured relatives of the victims that the government would extend help.”
The southern Philippine island of Mindanao, where the city is located, has grappled with another tragedy this weekend. More than200 people on the island have been reported killed and thousands displaced because of flooding caused by a tropical storm.
Mayor Duterte said on Sunday that in light of the tragedies that have befallen the region, the city government wascanceling all planned holiday festivities.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost.