ZAMBOANGA CITY – At least 5 people were injured and rushed to hospital after a huge fire broke out late Tuesday in Zamboanga City in southern Philippines, officials said.
Officials said the fire hit the village of Santa Catalina and razed tens of dozens of houses made of wood. The blaze reached general alarm and fire fighters from different villages were called to help control the conflagration that lasted about 4 hours.
City Fire Marshall Clint Cha said the fire started in Marietta Drive and spread through other areas.
He said fire engines had difficulties passing through narrow streets and the presence of onlookers aggravated the situation and hampering the government response to the conflagration that virtually consumed the cramped neighborhood there.
Most of those left homeless by the fire are now staying temporarily in government schools where social workers distributed food aid. Civilians also donated food and blankets to the fire victims.
Authorities are expected to investigate the cause of the conflagration or whether arson was behind the blaze that burned at least 600 houses. (Ely Dumaboc)
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