Fire razes P2M worth of property in Sampaloc

Posted at 04/20/14 10:56 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Ten families are homeless while an estimated P2 million worth of property was damaged when a fire razed a line of apartments at P. Campa Street near España in Sampaloc, Manila early Sunday morning.

The fire started around 3 a.m. Sunday and reached the fifth alarm, destroying four two-storey apartments along with eateries near the building.

The apartments were quite old and made of wood, causing the blaze to spread quickly.

The fire was put out after an hour.

But residents in the area are angry at authorities for their supposed failure to respond and investigate an earlier fire at the apartment unit of a barangay official around 9 p.m. on Saturday.

Residents are accusing the barangay official of immediately turning on the electricity shortly after the fire, which they believe helped cause the fire early Sunday morning.

Manila Fire Marshall F/Supt. Kaime Ramirez said, however, that the two fires were not related, as the blaze started from different apartment units.

Authorities are still investigating the cause of the Sunday morning fire, though they believe it may be electrical in nature.

No one was hurt in the incident. -- Report from Dennis Datu, DZMM.