Two fires hit Makati; 3 hurt

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Posted at Jul 11 2013 11:04 AM | Updated as of Jul 12 2013 08:09 AM

Two fires hit Makati; 3 hurt 1
Fire engulfing houses near Makati Medical Center on Thursday morning. Photo by Cristalle Henares

MANILA (5th UPDATE) – Two fires hit Makati City on Thursday morning.

The first fire occurred in a slum area along Dela Rosa Street in Barangay Pio Del Pilar near Makati Medical Center.

Residents said the fire started at around 10 a.m. and quickly spread in the area.

They said explosions were heard during the blaze, reportedly from LPG tanks inside the houses.

The Makati City Information Department said the fire reached the general alarm and was already under control at around 11:30 a.m. It was declared out at 1 p.m.

Mayor Junjun Binay rushed to the area to monitor the situation, the information department said.

Binay said no one was reported injured in the fire near the hospital.

He said around 300 families were displaced by the blaze. The local government is now in the process of providing assistance to the displaced residents, he added.

In an interview with ANC, Binay said he will coordinate with the National Housing Authority (NHA) to look into the possibility of early resettlement of the informal settlers in Barangay Pio Del Pilar.

He noted that the residents affected by the blaze were staying along waterways and therefore among the families targeted for relocation by the government.

Binay also said that the land where they were staying is owned by the National Power Corporation (Napocor).

The other fire, meanwhile, hit Doña Guadalupe Building located at the corner of Kamagong and Bagtikan Streets in Barangay San Antonio.

The fire reached Task Force Alpha and was declared under control at 11:47 a.m. It was declared out at 1:25 p.m.

Binay said at least three people from Barangay San Antonio were rushed to the hospital.

Binay said two of the victims inhaled thick smoke, while the third victim sustained minor injuries.

Firemen who responded to the area also reportedly had difficulty breathing because of the thick smoke.

The cause of the twin blazes has not been yet established. -- With reports from Pia Gutierrez and Jeff Canoy, ABS-CBN News