MANILA – A fire razed a residential area in typhoon-devastated Tacloban City Monday evening.
Footage taken by American fireman Dean Salter showed a fire razing a two-story house along Real Street.
Local and foreign firefighters scrambled to extinguish the blaze, which erupted at around 9:45 p.m., as the house was just across a gasoline station.
No one was injured in the blaze, which lasted for only about 15 minutes.
Salter, a veteran firefighter from Los Angeles County, said he is amazed by the dedication of the local firemen to their job.
"One guy there has no shoes, no shirt, and he's in the building dragging a hose. My hats are off to every fireman here because they all put their lives on the line," Salter said.
Aside from Americans Salter and fellow firefighter Damion Cappellini, some French firefighters also responded to the fire.
Foreign volunteers are currently in Tacloban City and other parts of Eastern Visayas to conduct humanitarian missions following the onslaught of super typhoon "Yolanda" which left at least 5,240 people dead.
Investigators have already dismissed the arson angle. A resident said an unattended gas lamp triggered the blaze. – report from Francis Faulve, dzMM.