MANILA (UPDATE) — A fire broke out in a residential area in Pier 15, Port Area in Manila City on Wednesday, with authorities raising the 3rd alarm around 6 p.m.
According to the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), the affected area is located at the back of Red Cross Manila branch.
The Manila Public Information Office also confirmed the blaze.
The houses there are supposedly made of light materials, the BFP said, which led the fire to spread easily.
It was first reported at 5:45 p.m., andwas raised to the 3rd alarm at 6:03 p.m.
Authorities declared it was under control by 7:44 p.m., and fire out past 2 a.m. of Thursday.
Courtesy of SFO1 Panado, BFP Manila
Around 500 houses were gutted, leaving a thousand families homeless, officials said.
Three people, including 2 firefighters, were injured in the incident, according to the Philippine Red Cross, which operates a molecular laboratory nearby.
Many residents spent the night out on the streets because the barangay was unable to provide shelter.
"Hindi ko alam kung saan ilalagay 'yan... Humihingi ako ng tulong sa [Manila] DPS (Department of Public Services) para malagyan ng tent," said Salik Arongo, chairman of Barangay 650 which has jurisdiction over the affected area.
(I don't know where to put them... I asked help from the DPS to put up tents.)
The Red Cross said the fire did not reach its facility but advised the public to expect delays in the processing of COVID-19 tests.
Authorities are still investigating the cause of the fire. Some residents said it started from a power line.
- with a report from Lady Vicencio, ABS-CBN News