Nearly 3,000 left homeless after fire in Philippine city


MANILA: Nearly 3,000 people lost their homes in a fire that broke out before dawn on Monday (March 23) in a city outside the Philippine capital, officials said.

The fire broke out in a residential area in Bacoor City in Cavite province, just outside Manila.

Investigators were looking into the possibility that the fire was caused by a faulty electrical wiring or an unattended lit candle, fire superintendent Rene Bullos said.

Bacoor City Mayor Lani Mercado-Revilla said the local government was looking into a relocation site for the victims of the fire, which happened amid a month-long lockdown on the island of Luzon due to the Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.

The victims are currently staying at a nearby school, she added.

At least three cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Bacoor City, Revilla said. - dpa/Asian News Network
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