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MANILA SLUM INFERNO KILLS NINE


MANILA, Philippines – An inferno in one of Manila’s huge shanty towns has killed nine people, authorities said on Friday, the third blaze to have struck the city’s slums in as many weeks.
Residents grabbed clothes, furniture and appliances as they fled the burning Damayang Lagi shanty town shortly after midnight, survivor Arman Altoveros told AFP.
  • “The fire spread so fast, everything was gone in minutes,” the 43-year-old rickshaw driver told AFP as he scavenged for charred pots and pans on burnt rubble that used to be his wife’s small canteen.
  • The victims include a seven-year-old girl.
Flames and thick black smoke trapped her and the other eight people in their houses, said national fire bureau spokesman Superintendent Renato Marcial.
The blaze brings this year’s fire-related death toll in the Philippines to 323, higher than the 228 figure for the whole of 2014, officials said.
The Damayang Lagi fire destroyed 50 houses, leaving an estimated 600 people homeless. Many of those affected by the fire lived in rented rooms in the maze of makeshift residential structures, the authorities said.
Fires routinely hit the slum, Marcial said.
“These slums are very high risk. At any time, there is potential for a fire,” he told AFP.


Source: AFP
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