12 dead in Navotas fire

Posted at 01/30/11 12:57 PM

MANILA, Philippines – A huge fire killed at least 12 people in Barangay San Roque, Navotas Saturday night, while in the middle of celebrating their patron saint's feast day.

As of posting time, only 4 people including George Milagroso, 28; a certain Gerald, 12; a certain Natalia, 11; and a certain Angel, 10, have been identified by the police.

The authorities have also yet to name the cost of the damaged properties.

The fire reportedly started before 12 midnight and spread to the paper trimmings suspended along the streets' cables.

The fire, which reached a Task Force Alpha alarm level, then spread towards the San Roque Elementary School. At least 100 households have also been affected.

Extinguishing the fire reportedly took long due to the lack of reliable water hydrants. Fire trucks were also unable to enter the narrow streets.

Police have yet to determine the cause of the fire.

Meanwhile, Mayor John Ray Roque vowed to give aid to the residents affected by the incident.

The affected residents have sought refuge at the San Roque High School.