A fire that hit Sta. Cruz district in Manila on Tuesday left more than 200 families homeless, officials said.
Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Supt. Rodolfo Denaga said the fire broke out at 11:50 a.m.
It reached Task Force Bravo, which requires at least 70 fire trucks in the area.
Denaga said firefighters had difficulty reaching the area because its streets were narrow.
He added that the blaze spread quickly because the houses were made of light materials.
The fire was declared under control at 1:36 p.m. Damage to property was estimated at P800,000. The BFP is still investigating the cause of the fire.
Denaga called on the residents who plan to rebuild their houses to allot enough passageway for firefighters and other responders in case of emergencies.