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One hurt, 10 families homeless as fire hit shanties in Taguig

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11:09 AM April 3rd, 2013

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April 3rd, 2013 11:09 AM

MANILA, Philippines — A man was wounded and over 10 families were displaced when fire gutted a shanty community in Taguig City Tuesday evening, a city fire officer said Wednesday.

Senior Fire Officer 1 Pedrito Polo said 14 houses on the East Service Road, Western Bicutan went up in smoke East Service Road, Western Bicutan around 8:40 p.m.

He said Roger Abrasaldo, 49, was injured after sustaining first degree burns on the right side of his body.

The fire reached first alarm before it was put out around 9:45 p.m.

While authorities have yet to determine the cause, Abrasaldo said the fire may have started from a factory where Abrasaldo was working as a caretaker.

“May maliit lang sya na kwarto doon sa factory,” Polo said.

Polo said that Abrasaldo was on a drinking spree and was going in and out of the factory, noting how
he seemed drunk as he was being interviewed.

The cost of damages from the fire was estimated at P150,000.

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