By Jel Santos
A fire that hit a slum area in Malabon City has left about 700 families homeless after it consumed around 300 shanties on Saturday night.
The Malabon Bureau of Fire and Protection (BFP) said that the fire started around 7 p.m. on Remedios St. in Barangay Maysilo, Malabon.
Arson investigators said that the fire quickly reached fourth alarm at about 7:45 p.m.
After about two hours, Task Force Alpha was declared by the BFP because the smoke got thicker and the fire got stronger.
The blaze, according the BFP, easily consumed the shanties since they were mostly made of combustible materials.
Firemen said that they had difficulty accessing the slum area due to the narrow streets.
It was declared fire out at about 10:38 p.m., reports said.
BFP said that it took around 30 fire trucks to extinguish the strong blaze that gutted the slum area.
Some residents, who were already lying on their beds, said that they were alarmed after they smelled a thick smoke, and heard people shouting: “Sunog! Sunog! (Fire! Fire!)”
Just last July 26, a fire also left about 300 families homeless in Barangay Ibaba, Malabon.
BFP is still probing what caused the fire in Barangay Maysilo.