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In the Philippines, a fire has ravaged a densely populated area of Manila. Hundreds of homes have been razed, leaving 2,500 families homeless.
A densely populated area of Manila was ravaged by fire on Sunday, destroying up to 600 homes and leaving thousands homeless.
Around 2,500 families living in the Quezon City area of metropolitan Manila lost their homes to the fire.
The fire broke out in the afternoon and had still not been put out by early evening.
Local newspaper "Inquirer" reports one resident suffering first degree burns.
[Virginia Boyser, Fire Victim]: (female, Filipino)
"There were children running and shouting "Fire!" I grabbed my child and immediately rushed out."
[Evelyn Yunep, Fire Victim]: (female, Filipino)
"We were all shocked. When we went out, the place was already covered in black smoke. We were not able to save anything."
The city's deputy fire Marshall says the fire may have started from a three-story house and spread quickly due to strong winds.
Electric wires also went up in flames. Narrow alleys and lack of water impeded the efforts of firemen to tackle the fire.
The city mayor said schools would serve as evacuation centers for the homeless residents.
Fires are common in the metropolis of 12 million, especially in shanty areas where houses are densely packed together.