Metro Manila fires displace 2,400 residents-A A +A
Thursday, September 20, 2012
MANILA -- Close to 500 families or about 2,400 individuals were affected by separate fires that hit two Metro Manila cities on Wednesday, the state disaster agency said.
The National Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) said the fire that blazed a residential area at Barangay Manesa, Quezon City, Wednesday at 1:50 a.m. has displaced 382 families or about 1,910 individuals.
Two casualties were reported including Alexander Espina, 4, and a still unidentified missing fire victim.
The fire reached fifth alarm and burned 157 houses with an estimated cost of damages worth P150,000. The area was declared fire out around 5:23 a.m. on the same day.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Meanwhile, about 100 families or 500 individuals were affected by the fire that hit a residential area at West Sucat Road, Barangay BF, Paranaque City.
No casualty or injury was reported but about 80 to 100 houses were destroyed.
The fire which reached third alarm was declared out around 3:45 a.m. on the same day. Estimated cost of damage is about P500,000.
The NDRRMC said based on a report, the cause of the fire is intentional. The suspect is identified as a certain Toto Magalzo. (Emmanuel Louis Bacani/Sunnex)