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8 dead, thousands homeless in Manila fires



Filipino boys look for items that they can scavenge after fire broke at a commercial establishment at the busy shopping area of Divisoria, in Manila, Philippines on Christmas eve, Monday Dec. 24, 2012. AP FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – Eight people were killed and thousands left homeless as two fires struck the Philippine capital on Christmas Day, with one of the blazes sparking a riot in a slum, officials said.

Seven charred bodies, all believed to be from one household, were recovered after a blaze razed a row of old apartments in northern Manila at dawn, fire officer Francisco Mabunga told AFP.

The cause of the blaze, which broke out as the metropolis of 14 million people held Christmas Eve parties that lasted until dawn Tuesday, is under investigation, officials said.

“They are all believed to be from a family that owned the apartment row and lived in one of the units where the fire was suspected to have started,” Mabunga added.

A second blaze broke out at a sprawling shantytown, sparking riots that left one man dead and lead to two suspected rioters being arrested, said Manila fire marshal Santiago Laguna.

“They (residents) started grabbing hoses from our firefighters, who could not do anything as they feared for their own safety,” Laguna said in a radio interview.

He said a man was beaten up and later died from his injuries in the melee as the blaze consumed the shantytown in the San Juan district. Arson is believed to be the cause of the blaze.

Laguna said residents were apparently angered by the delayed arrival of firefighters. He said the emergency workers could not get their fire trucks through narrow streets jammed with parked vehicles.

Volunteer firefighter Willy Tiongson, his bloodied head wrapped in a bandage, told GMA television that his team was met with a shower of rocks and other projectiles as they drove into the slum.

The shantytown blaze left some 2,000 families homeless, Laguna said, adding that equated to around 8,000 people without a roof over their heads at Christmas.

An AFP photographer on the scene saw hundreds of people left homeless huddled on the floor of two basketball courts nearby.


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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/36O4ZGE5JY24XE4XQOXBM6O4WE Klepto

    “Our firetrucks had difficulty entering the narrow streets that were blocked by parked cars and carts,”  <<< This is the result of kulelat na infrastructure, dumb city planners, laws that are made by jokers, and bobo&tanga na mga mamamayan.

    Good on them. These baboons never learn their lessons.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WIWYLFLU4LPKS7B2ZLLRVFKS3Y vir_a

    Well, the people themselves in these areas are to blame for they closed or clogged the roads which the firetrucks are supposed to pass. They had it coming.

  • AnastacioMamaril

    Dapat meron sizeable police presence to keep order. In turn the firefighters can do their job effectively. Lives and properties will be save.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    SI BISHOPS WALANG TULONG TATAKAW SA PAJERO!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_M6UL2UG4OGTMCLSYGB5MVJ7USE InSearchOfTruth

    “Laguna said residents were apparently angered by the delayed arrival of firefighters. He said the emergency workers could not get their fire trucks through narrow streets jammed with parked vehicles.”

    maraming kalye dito sa atin ang ganito.  bakit kasi pinapayagan bumili ng sasakyan ang mga taong wala namang sariling garahe?  stooopeeed!  kaunting sentido kumon naman sana…



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