5 dead, 5 injured in house fire in Philippine capital

2021-02-21 02:35:31 GMT2021-02-21 10:35:31(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

MANILA, Feb. 21 (Xinhua) -- Five people have died when a six-hour fire destroyed around 300 houses in Manila's Tondo district in the Philippines, a firefighter said on Sunday.

Gaudencio Magallanes told local media that the five fatalities, including four children aged three, eight, 10, and 12, were found inside the bathroom of their gutted house in a crowded compound with their 37-year-old father.

Magallanes said the fire broke out around midnight on Saturday and was put out around 6 a.m. on Sunday.

He added that at least five others were injured in the blaze that displaced over 600 families.

An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the accident. Enditem