Fire sweeps through Philip­pine city slum

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -


A fire that raged for seven hours through a crowded Manila slum com­mu­nity killed two peo­ple and left close to 1,500 fam­i­lies home­less, fire author­i­ties said yes­ter­day. More than 5,000 peo­ple were tem­po­rary housed in four pub­lic schools in Mandaluyong City, to the east of down­town Manila, as fire pro­tec­tion of­fi­cials in­ves­ti­gated the cause of the fire, which de­stroyed more than 500 houses on Sun­day. Dam­age was es­ti­mated at 10 mil­lion pe­sos ($203,800). A blaze de­stroyed 800 houses in the same com­mu­nity last year. “The fire spread rapidly be­cause the houses were made of light ma­te­ri­als and the roads were so nar­row,” a fire of­fi­cial said, adding the two ca­su­al­ties had been trapped in their homes.

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