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Fire hits Lucena City residential area

LUCENA CITY  – Fire broke out in a residential area here Sunday afternoon, destroying 25 houses.

Police said the fire was reported at around 5 p.m. and lasted for about four hours in Barangay (village) Ibabang Dupay.

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 Fire guts more than 25 houses in Lucena

LUCENA BLAZE – Aerial shot of the fire scene in Barangay Ibabang Dupay, Lucena City, last Sunday, June 16, 2019. Photo courtesy of Danny Ordonez

Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the conflagration as of posting time.

No casualties or serious injuries were reported.

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It was learned that at least two or three families were residing in most of the burned houses.

Residents in the area said the fire quickly spread as firefighters were slowed down by narrow alleys and traffic congestion leading to the site of the blaze.

Looting was likewise reported.

The city government immediately extended emergency assistance to the fire victims.

Last February, more than 20 houses were also destroyed by fire in nearby Barangay Market View. (Editor: Gilbert S. Gaviola)

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