LOOK: 300 families lose homes in New Year fire in Manila

LOOK: 300 families lose homes in New Year fire in Manila
Fire hits a residential area in Sta Ana, Manila, during the New Year festivities

MANILA, Philippines – Around 300 families entered the new year without homes after fire gutted their community in Sta Ana, Manila, in the first few hours of 2020.

Fire struck a residential area along Pasig Line St in Sta Ana during the New Year festivities, and reached the first alarm at 3:54 am.

COMMUNITY EFFORT. Residents help firemen put out the fire in Sta Ana. Photo by Ben Nabong

GUTTED. Residents spent the first few hours of 2020 watching their community being gutted by the fire. Photo by Ben Nabong

It was raised to Task Force Bravo alarm at 5:20 am before the fire was declared under control an hour later.

FIRE. A fire in Sta Ana, Manila, leaves around 300 families homeless. Photo by Ben Nabong

Firefighters declared fire out at nearly 8 am.

DZBB reported that authorities were looking into firecrackers – widely used in the country to welcome the new year – as a possible cause of the fire. – Rappler.com

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