Tatalon blaze leaves 300 families homeless

February 28, 2018 - 8:47 AM
(image from video by Hannibal Talete, News5)

MANILA, Philippines — Fire struck a community on Agno Street, Tatalon, Quezon City early Wednesday morning, February 28, razing 100 houses and displacing around 300 families.

The blaze, which broke out past 3 a.m., reached the fifth alarm, meaning units within a district are required to respond. It was declared under control around 7 a.m.

Quezon City fire marshal Senior Superintendent Manuel Manuel said their initial investigation indicated the fire may have been started by a telephone charger that had been left plugged into an electric outlet. The flames quickly spread among the houses, mostly made of light materials.

Manuel placed damage from the blaze at P1 million.

The displaced families will be temporarily sheltered at a nearby park.