Thousands of people were left homeless after two simultaneous fire incidents hit Pasig and Quezon City on the eve of the Fire Prevention month of March.

In Pasig City, the fire reportedly started in a house in Bolante 2, San Agustin, Barangay Pinagbuhatan at around 9 a.m.

Reports indicated that the fire spread quickly partly due to strong winds and to narrow roads that prevent firefighters from arriving to the location on time. In fact, a helicopter from the Philippine Air Force helped in putting out the fire.

The fire immediately reached the general alarm level but was extinguished at 1:25 p.m.

Some 500 families lost their homes. They were temporarily evacuated in two nearby covered courts.

On the other hand, estimated damaged to property has yet to be identified.

Meanwhile, another fire incident gutted hundreds of houses in Quezon City when fire hit a seven-story commercial building on Araneta Ave., Barangay Tatalon.

According to fire Supt. Jesus Fernandez, Quezon City fire marshal, the blaze started at about 12:15 a.m and had reached Task Force Bravo.

Initial reports said that over 500 houses were destroyed while one fire fighter was injured and suffered burns on his face due to the incident.

The firefighters used chemical foam to battle the fire in Quezion City.



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