By Jhon Aldrin Casinas
Five persons were injured by a massive fire that displaced thousands of families in a residential area in Mandaluyong City Friday afternoon.
Supt. Christine Cula, Mandaluyong City fire marshal, said the fire destroyed 300 houses in Barangay Addition Hills.
According to the City Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), the fire started at around 4:20 p.m. Friday at Block 22 extension, Wellfareville Compound in Barangay Addition Hills.
In just an hour, the blaze spread quickly because most the houses were made out of light materials. The fire reached the fifth alarm.
Among those injured was Senior Fire Officer 2 Luciano Regis and a 14-year-old girl who experienced hyperventilation due to smoke, the BFP said.
Around 18 firetrucks from various fire districts including from nearby cities helped battle the fire that formed thick black smoke.
The fire was eventually declared fire-out at around 10:12 p.m. BSP placed the damage at P2.5 million.
Arson investigator are yet to determine the cause of the fire.
This is the third time the city was struck by a fire in a span of five days.
On Monday, a fire gutted a Auto Plus, an auto repair shop in Barangay Wack-Wack where expensive luxury cars were burned including two sports utility vehicles of Sen. JV Ejercito.
The fire, which only reached second alarm, resulted in about P10 million of damage to property.
Another fire in Ayala Homes Subdivision in Barangka Drive on Tuesday killed 62-year-old Raymundo Liwanag Jr who was pinned down under the second floor of his house.