Fire destroyed nine houses in San Francisco del Monte, Quezon City, past midnight Sunday. Arson investigators said the fire started in the house of Jimmy Lana on Anakabayan Street in Barangay Paltok. It quickly spread, engulfing a house belonging to the employees of the Henson Industrial Corporation. The fire reached the fourth alarm before being put out an hour later. Residents believe an unattended candle triggered the blaze, because Lana’s house had no electricity. The owner claimed he was not home when the fire broke out.