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Fire engulfs Manila squatter homes

2009-12-10 11:20:04 GMT2009-12-10 19:20:04 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

A fireman tries to put out a fire in the heart of Metro Manila, capital of the Philippines, Dec. 10, 2009. Local reports said that at least two people were killed in the fire. (Xinhua/Jon Fabrigar)

Firemen try to put out fire in the heart of Metro Manila, capital of the Philippines, Dec. 10, 2009. Local reports said that at least two people were killed in the fire. (Xinhua/Jon Fabrigar)

Firemen try to put out a fire in the heart of Metro Manila, capital of the Philippines, Dec. 10, 2009. Local reports said that at least two people were killed in the fire. (Xinhua/Jon Fabrigar)

Smoke rises in the heart of Metro Manila, capital of the Philippines, Dec. 10, 2009. Local reports said that at least two people were killed in the fire. (Xinhua/Jon Fabrigar)

MANILA, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) -- Fire broke out among plank board houses in a squatter community in the old district of Manila, capital of the Philippines Thursday. There is no report of casualties yet.

Blaze started to spread in a squatter community near the light rail station at Santa Cruz district at around 4:30 p.m. (0830 GMT),witnesses said. Fire remained strong by 6:30 (1030 GMT) though a dozen fire trucks have arrived at the scene.

Houses of at least 100 families were estimated damaged and homeless residents carrying their belongings lined up on the street, waiting for the fire to be put out. Some of them told Xinhua that they suspected the fire was started by a gas tank explosion at a cafeteria.

There is no official casualty report yet and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

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