AT LEAST P7 million worth of properties were burned to ashes in a more than one hour fire that hit a residential area in the island province of Sulu, a top police official said Monday.

Director Felizardo Serapio, chief of Directorate for Integrated Police Operations (Dipo)-West, said the incident took place around 6:30 p.m. Sunday in the village of Lower Kajatian, Indanan, Sulu.

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Serapio said the fire started at the residence of Hadji Adjili Adus and rapidly spread in the neighborhood. A total of 33 houses were razed to the ground.

Short circuit due to faulty electrical wiring caused the fire, Serapio said.

No one, however, was reported killed or injured during the incident, which lasted for about one-and-a-half hour, he said. (Bong Garcia)