P2-M in property destroyed as fire hits residential area near Malacañang

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FIRE hit a residential area near Malacanang, injuring two persons, affecting 250 families and destroying about P2 million worth of property on Wednesday, police said.

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Supt. Roel Diaz of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) identified the victims as Efren Orantes and Melvin Romana. They sustained minor injuries in the blaze that started at 3:29 a.m. in a house in San Miguel, Manila where its occupants used a lighted candle.

The fire was placed under control at 6:51 a.m., according to Diaz.

Diaz said the alarm reached task force bravo at 5:05 a.m when about 18 fire trucks were deployed to contain the blaze that destroyed over 100 houses.

Mourners at a wake in a chapel nearby moved themselves and their dead to safety during the fire. JAIME R. PILAPIL

 

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