Two people died and almost a hundred homes were gutted in a fire that engulfed a community of mostly Muslim families in Barangay Maharlika Village, Taguig City, Tuesday night.
Sr. Inspector Vener Sevilla of the Taguig Fire Department said Pakirim Kudarat, 61, died of a heart attack at the height of the blaze and the body of Norayda Diamla, 40, was found under the sink of her house where she was trapped.
Sevilla said initial investigation traced the cause of the fire was an unattended candle in one of the houses.
The fire razed 72 houses made up of light materials and lasted for almost two hours before it was controlled at 11 p.m. on Tuesday.
It quickly spread through the houses on Mindanao Avenue and reached Task Force Alpha.
Sevilla said Camila Tabawa, Allan Comene and Zoraida Solaiman were injured in the incident.
Arson investigators put the damage at P300,000.
The 100 affected families were temporarily housed at the Maharlika Village Trade Center.
The city government of Taguig provided hot meals and temporary shelter to the victims.
Luz Cleofas of the City Social Welfare and Development said provide financial aid to the families.
RITCHIE A. HORARIO