QC fire leaves 300 families homeless

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UP FROM THE ASHES residents salvage usable materials in the aftermath of a fire that destroyed hundreds of shanties in Barangay Balong Bato, Quezon City on thursday. at least 300 families were displaced by the two-hour blaze believed to have started from an unattended candle. PHOTO by RUy L. MARTInEZ

UP FROM THE ASHES residents salvage usable materials in the aftermath of a fire that destroyed hundreds of shanties in Barangay Balong Bato, Quezon City on thursday. at least 300 families were displaced by the two-hour blaze believed to have started from an unattended candle. PHOTO by RUy L. MARTInEZ

Fire broke out in a residential area in Barangay Unang Sigaw, Quezon City, Thursday night and left about 300 families homeless.

According to Quezon City Fire Department Head Superintendent Jesus Fernandez, the blaze, which started at around 8 p.m. of Thursday, also reached other houses in Barangay Balong Bato.

Based on the investigation of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), the fire was caused by a lit candle left unattended.

No casualty was recorded, however two persons were injured — Jaylord Bekchong, who sustained lacerations in his right hand, and Vic Dimaano, who sustained bruises on his back while running down the stairs of his home.


Firefighters took almost two hours before declaring fire out.

Some residents of the area alleged that the fire started from the house of Victor Dimaano, but Dimaano denied the accusation.

The BFP said that 150 houses were destroyed with an estimated cost of damage of P200,000.

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