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Caloocan fire displaces 33 families; probers suggest arson 

/ 01:03 PM March 08, 2019

MANILA, Philippines–Thirty-three families were displaced when 11 houses in Caloocan City were gutted by a fire, which investigators said could be a case of arson.

A report from the Caloocan City Police said the police station received a telephone call regarding a fire incident in Pangarap Village, Barangay 181 at around 12:45 a.m.

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Police then informed the Caloocan City headquarters of the Bureau of Fire Protection, which deployed fire trucks at around 1:28 a.m. The fire was contained at around 2:51 a.m.

According to Fire Officer 1 Cedrick Pardinas, arson investigator, witnesses surfaced and informed authorities that the blaze was intentionally perpetrated by four men who wore bonnets. 

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Pardinas said that assorted clothes reeking with suspected petroleum were recovered from the area. 

Investigators also found two different areas where the fire supposedly originated. /jpv

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