The News Scroll 08 February 2017  Last Updated at 10:32 am | Source: PTI

15,000 residents lose homes in Manila shantytown fire

15,000 residents lose homes in Manila shantytown fire

Manila, Feb 8 (AP) Authorities say 15,000 residents of a shantytown beside Manila's port have lost their homes in a fire that raged overnight before being put out today morning.

Fire department officials said about 1,000 homes were gutted in the sprawling Parola Compound, where several families often share tiny houses running along narrow alleyways.

Fire officer Edilberto Cruz said seven people suffered minor injuries in the fire that broke out yesterday night then quickly spread. The cause is under investigation.

Social welfare officer Regina Jane Mata says three evacuation centers have been opened, and food and water are being provided to the 3,000 families who lost their homes.

Many people were huddled on a nearby road with their belongings, including clothes and even washing machines and electric fans.

Rameswaram (TN), Feb 8(PTI) A major fire broke out at Thangachimadam police station near here today forcing the police personnel to flee as the fire spread quickly due to wind, police said.

No casualty was reported.

Seven Sri Lankan fibre glass boats seized for ferrying the refugees illegally, besides smuggled goods, six motor bikes and an autorickshaw were gutted in the blaze, they said.

However, documents and furniture inside the police station were intact.

New Delhi Feb 8 (PTI) A fire broke out today in a sewer in east Delhi's Mayur Vihar area.

A call was received at about 4 PM about flames erupting from a 'nallah' in Acharya Niketan in Mayur Vihar, said an official from Delhi Fire Services.

Five firetenders were rushed to the spot and the fire was doused by 7 PM, he said.

It is suspected that the fire broke out due to chemical reaction between the containers of paint that had been thrown in the nallah, he added.

Since it was a closed sewer, the fire was contained and there were no casualties or injuries.

New Delhi, Feb 8 (PTI) A 38-year-old cab driver was charred to death in northeast Delhi's Harsh Vihar area when his car caught fire and he got trapped in the vehicle as its central locking reportedly got jammed.

Police received a call yesterday around 10.40 PM that a diesel car caught fire near Mandoli main market. The car was reduced to ashes within a span of few minutes.

The fire tenders and police rushed to the spot but the car owner had been charred to death by the time help reached.

The victim, Sachin Tyagi, was a resident of Mandoli.

He was employed with a Noida-based company. After dropping passengers from Noida to Bhajanpura last night, he was on his way to his house in Mandoli when the incident occurred.

His wife told police that when she called him to inquire when he would be back home, he had said he was parking the car and would be home soon.

Police said Sachin was parking his car in the Wazirabad service lane when the fire started in the dashboard of the vehicle and it appears that Tyagi got trapped inside it.

The central locking of the car got jammed and Tyagi could not leave the vehicle, they said.

The body was identified with the help of car registration number. It was handed over to the family members after the postmortem.

Tyagi is survived by wife, two children and a younger brother.

Police are not suspecting any foul play. Forensic experts reached the spot they morning and were inspecting the charred car to probe the cause of fire.

Eyewitnesses told that they all poured water on the car when Sachin was trapped inside the car but when it was opened, the driver was found dead.

One fire tender was rushed to the spot but the occupant was dead by the time we reached, said an official from Delhi Fire Services.

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