MANILA – A fire hit a residential area in Barangay Tonsuya, Malabon around midnight Monday, leaving hundreds of families homeless.
The Bureau of Fire Protection-Malabon said the fire erupted at a residential area along Palmario Pilapil Street at around 12 a.m. and reached Task Force Charlie.
The fire was declared out at 5 a.m.
The fire razed at least 200 homes and left at least 5 wounded.
Fire Officer 1 Modesto Despi, Malabon City arson investigator, said a certain Elizabeth Villegas went missing at the height of the fire.
Despi said residents feared that Villegas, a paralytic, drowned after falling into a deep portion of a swamp beside her house.
Despi said the fire allegedly started at the house of a certain Marissa Gicoso where a lit candle was believed to have been left unattended. – reports from Kori Quintos, ABS-CBN News