Jolo inferno engulfs 3,500 homes

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 25 2018 09:10 AM | Updated as of Jul 07 2019 01:48 PM

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JOLO, Sulu - A massive fire razed some 3,500 houses in 2 seaside communities here, local authorities said Wednesday. 

The blaze reportedly started Tuesday afternoon at a coffee shop and quickly spread to houses made of light materials in Barangays Busbus and Walled City, which are both "heavily populated", said ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman. 

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Scenes of chaos at the blaze that broke out in 2 villages near a pier in Jolo. ABS-CBN News

Scenes of chaos at the blaze that broke out in 2 villages near a pier in Jolo. ABS-CBN News

Scenes of chaos at the blaze that broke out in 2 villages near a pier in Jolo. ABS-CBN News

Scenes of chaos at the blaze that broke out in 2 villages near a pier in Jolo. ABS-CBN News

Scenes of chaos at the blaze that broke out in 2 villages near a pier in Jolo. ABS-CBN News

The Bureau of Fire Protection, in a text message to ABS-CBN News, confirmed the number of destroyed homes, adding that "thousands" of families were left homeless by the blaze that was extinguished late Tuesday. 

Authorities have yet to receive reports of any fatalities in the fire, said Hataman. 

The local government, he added, has borrowed a military chopper to deliver aid to the residents. 


With a report from Jewel Reyes