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2 hurt in fire; P1.5M property lost

/ 10:37 PM May 19, 2011

MANILA, Philippines—Two fire volunteers were injured in a blaze that destroyed around P1.5 million worth of property inside a compound in Manila on Thursday.

Richard Mariano, 33; and Meynard Saludad, 25; were immediately brought to Metropolitan Hospital for burns and cuts.

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Senior Fire Officer 2 John Joseph Jalique of the Manila Fire District said that Mariano came into contact with a live wire as he was going up a ladder. He then fell and broke his left wrist. Saludad, on the other hand, suffered cuts.

According to Jalique, the blaze started at 10:01 a.m. Thursday on the second floor of a house owned by Felicisima Tejoco at 2105-E Felix Huertas St. in Sta. Cruz, Manila.

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The fire then spread to 19 other houses in the compound. It reached the fifth alarm before it was put out by responding firemen at 11:41 a.m.

Jalique said the cause of the blaze was under investigation. He estimated the cost of damaged property at P1.5 million.

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