SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao: Hundreds of residents in Cotabato City were left homeless when some 100 houses made from light materials in Barangay Poblacion 7 went up in smoke at about 7 p.m. ahead of New Year celebration there.
The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) has not yet determined what triggered the fire.
But there were unconfirmed reports that a firecracker ignited the fire in densely populated Tukananes district.
Tato Aslig, a resident of Tukananes, said the fire was cause by faulty electrical wiring.
The BFP said narrow passageways prevented fire trucks from reaching the area.
A fire also hit the same residential area on All Saints’ Day in 2013.