2 killed, 100 families homeless in Taguig fire

Posted at 02/19/14 10:08 AM

MANILA – Two people died and about 100 families were rendered homeless after a fire hit a residential area host to mostly Muslim families in Taguig City Tuesday evening.

The charred remains of Noraida Gamla, 40, were found Wednesday morning under the sink of her house along Mindanao Avenue in Maharlika Village.

Gamla's relatives believe the victim got trapped in the burning house while saving her three children from the fire.

Another resident, 61-year-old Paquering Kudarat, suffered a heart attack at the height of the blaze.

The fire began at 9:20 p.m. and was declared out at 11:10 p.m. It reached the Task Force Alpha, which means that all available fire trucks in Metro Manila are required to respond. At least 72 homes were razed.

Some 100 families affected by the fire are now temporarily staying at the Maharlika Village Trade Center.

Meanwhile, three others were wounded in the incident. Authorities said Camille Cabauan, 27, was brought to Taguig-Pateros District Hospital. Two other residents, Allan Comene and Zoraida Solaiman, both sustained fractures.

Investigators have yet to determine the exact cause of the blaze, but they noted that the community had no power supply when the fire erupted. The fire allegedly started at an eatery. – reports from Dennis Datu, dzMM; and Kori Quintos, ABS-CBN News