1,000 families lose homes in Basilan inferno

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 30 2017 02:59 PM

Residents stand beside the few belonging they salvaged from the fire.

Thick dark smoke billows from a burning residential area in Isabela, Basilan.

Thick dark smoke billows from a burning residential area in Isabela, Basilan.

Hundreds of homes lie in ruins after a massive fire in Isabela, Basilan.

Residents stand beside their salvaged belongings.

Smoke unfurls from the charred ruins of homes.

Residents carry their belongings as they leave their destroyed homes.

ISABELA, Basilan - About 1,000 families were left homeless when a massive fire broke out at a residential area in Malamawi Island here early Sunday.

The fire, which started around 10 a.m., razed about 200 houses in Barangay Diki, said fire marshal Insp. Jasmine Tanog.

Firefighters and the Philippine Coast Guard encountered difficulty in putting out the inferno because the seaside town does not have any fire truck.

With the help of residents, authorities eventually controlled the blaze around noon.

The BFP is still investigating what caused the fire, as of this posting. -- With Jewel Reyes, ABS-CBN News