• Fire guts Cotabato residential area

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    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.

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