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15,000 homeless as fire hits slum area in Philippines



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More than 15,000 people were left homeless and seven injured by an overnight fire that struck a slum area in the Philippine capital Manila, fire officials said on Wednesday.

“The fire started on Tuesday evening in a shanty house in the slum district of Tondo, Senior Superintendent Wilfredo Tiu, a regional Chief of the Bureau of Fire Protection said.

He said that the fire destroyed 1,200 shanty houses before it was put out Wednesday morning after raging for 10 hours.

He said that seven residents were injured as they tried to save their personal belongings before fleeing the fire, he added.

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