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Six children and two adults have died in a horror fire which struck around 80 homes overnight.
The fire took place in Manila, Philippines at around 10pm UK time on Sunday.
It is thought to have started on the second floor of a home in a local settlement inside the University of the Philippines in Quezon City.
The source of the blaze is unknown, and local officials said that it took nearly two hours to extinguish.
Senior fire officer Greg Bichayda told AFP news agency : “The fire spread quickly.
“The houses consist of light materials – when the fire broke out, people were shocked.
"Our station was just nearby but they weren't able to call us immediately.”
No details have been released about the victims at this time.
Two other people were also injured as a result of the huge blaze.
They were resident Alex Vega and Fire Officer Dennis Magsayo, who suffered a laceration on the foot and first-degree burns on the body, respectively.
Strangely, just four days ago, the city was celebrating being award the title of the country's richest local government.
According to the Manila Times, the government had assets worth around £66 million.
Quezon City Mayor Maria Josefina “Joy” Belmonte said: “Talking more about good governance, it's about spending the money of the people more prudently, properly, effectively and conveniently. “The money should be spent on projects directly needed by the people, it's like making the best of every peso.
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“I would just like to stress that most local government units had their revenue collections decreased, which was understandable because we were under a pandemic, but not Quezon City.
“Our collections have increased and this is surprising, but again this is the testament of what good governance can do.
“We also thank our government workers who have made the ultimate sacrifice during this pandemic.
“If not for everyone's help, we won't be able to accomplish this milestone.”
- In the News
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