20 houses gutted in Sampaloc fire

Around 50 families lost their homes on Wednesday night after fire gutted several houses in Sampaloc, Manila.

FIERY NIGHT. The sky turns amber Wednesday night as fire razes a residential area in Sampaloc district of Manila, displacing 50 families. Firemen and residents join forces to put the fire out. Norman Cruz
Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) authorities in Manila said the fire started in a house located on Galicia St. in Barangay 401, Sampaloc, around 8 p.m. and reached the third alarm.

The fire was put under control around 9:20 p.m.

According to Sampaloc Fire Station chief Cpt. Hector Agadulin, more than 20 houses were destroyed.

Armando Lawartes, a resident in the area, said he was surprised to see fire in the compound and immediately evacuated the area along with several other residents.

The fire quickly spread as the houses were built on light materials. Fire trucks also had a difficult time entering the compound due to narrow streets, and the fire trucks also ran out of water after a while before the fire was completely put out.

An unidentified victim was rushed to the hospital due to minor injuries on the head and feet.

The victims were temporarily housed in a barangay daycare center nearby. Authorities are still trying the determine the cause of the fire.

Topics: Bureau of Fire Protection , Sampaloc , Manila , Hector Agadulin , Sampaloc Fire Station
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