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3 Quezon City, Malabon fires leave 1,200 families homeless

MANILA, Philippines — Five persons were injured and more than 1,200 families were displaced in three fires that hit Quezon City and Manila Tuesday afternoon.

At least 1,000 households were left homeless after 500 houses were destroyed by a fire that hit a shantytown in Barangay Baesa, city fire marshal Senior Superintendent Jaime Ramirez said in a text message.

Among the injured are Chris Tereposio, 24, who sustained lacerations on the foot; Jivra Maquirang, 70, who received medical care for dizziness; Fire Officer 3 Donna Esguerra, 32, who suffered a sprained shoulder; and a certain Senior Fire Officer 3 Macabugan, who had wounds on his left foot.

According to Ramirez, the blaze started at the kitchen of a house owned by Keddie Lero, 57, along Mendez Road at around 4:32 p.m.

The blaze reached Task Force Bravo at around 5:19 p.m., which means at least 27 fire trucks are needed at the scene, and was put out by 11 p.m.

Ramirez placed the estimated cost of damage to property at P2 million.

Meanwhile, around 80 families were displaced in a fire that razed about 50 houses along Sinagtala street in Barangay Bahay Toro.

The fire broke out at the house of Ray Montanez at around 4:57 p.m. and reached fifth alarm at around 5:17 p.m. before it was doused at around 10 p.m.

Raymond Sales was brought to a hospital for medical treatment of third-degree burns on the nape.

The blaze destroyed about P250,000 worth of property.

Arson investigators have yet to pinpoint what caused the two fires.

In Malabon, at least 100 families were affected by a fire that hit Barangay Ibaba before dawn yesterday.

The fire started at the second floor of a house along Herrera street at around 3:30 a.m. Initial reports stated that the house had no electricity and that an unattended lit candle started the fire.

No one was reported injured but the fire destroyed P225,000 worth of property before it was put out at around 6:06 a.m. – Rey Galupo


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