Shanty town fire in Philippines leaves 15,000 homeless

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Residents gather after a fire destroyed more than hundreds of shanties at a community of informal settlers, according to authorities, in Parola Compound, Tondo city, metro Manila, Philippines February 8, 2017. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Residents atop of their destroyed houses after a fire destroyed more than hundreds of shanties at a community of informal settlers, according to authorities, in Parola Compound, Tondo city, metro Manila, Philippines February 8, 2017. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco
Residents gather after a fire destroyed more than hundreds of shanties at a community of informal settlers, according to authorities, in Parola Compound, Tondo city, metro Manila, Philippines February 8, 2017. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco
Fire victims gathers along a street after a fire destroyed more than hundreds of shanties at a community of informal settlers, according to authorities, in Parola Compound, Tondo city, metro Manila, Philippines February 8, 2017. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco
A boy cuts the electric wire after a fire destroyed more than hundreds of shanties at a community of informal settlers, according to authorities, in Parola Compound, Tondo city, metro Manila, Philippines February 8, 2017. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco
Residents gather after a fire destroyed more than hundreds of shanties at a community of informal settlers, according to authorities, in Parola Compound, Tondo city, metro Manila, Philippines February 8, 2017. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco
Residents looks at the damage after a fire destroyed more than hundreds of shanties at a community of informal settlers, according to authorities, in Parola Compound, Tondo city, metro Manila, Philippines February 8, 2017. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco
Residents gather after a fire destroyed more than hundreds of shanties at a community of informal settlers, according to authorities, in Parola Compound, Tondo city, metro Manila, Philippines February 8, 2017. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco
Fire victims stay at a makeshift along a street after a fire destroyed more than hundreds of shanties at a community of informal settlers, according to authorities, in Parola Compound, Tondo city, metro Manila, Philippines February 8, 2017. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco
PHILIPPINES - 2017/02/08: Fire victims stayed and take a temporary shelter at Delpan Sports Complex in Delpan, Manila City on Feb. 8, 2017. More than 1,100 houses and more than 3,500 families affected at Parola Fire in Tondo Manila City. (Photo by Gregorio B. Dantes Jr./Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
PHILIPPINES - 2017/02/08: The fire victims collecting some metal that they can be used or sold to the junk shop to get money for their family. More than 1,100 houses and more than 3,500 families affected at Parola Fire in Tondo Manila City on February 8, 2017. The fire started at 9:30 PM last night (February 7, 2017). (Photo by Gregorio B. Dantes Jr./Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
PHILIPPINES - 2017/02/08: The young boy fire victims collecting some metal wire that he sold to the junk shop to get money. More than 1,100 houses and more than 3,500 families affected at Parola Fire in Tondo Manila City on February 8, 2017. The fire started at 9:30 PM last night (February 7, 2017). (Photo by Gregorio B. Dantes Jr./Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
CORRECTION - Residents look on as a fire destroys hundreds of houses at an informal settlers community in Delpan, Tondo, Manila on February 7, 2017. / AFP / NOEL CELIS / The erroneous mention[s] appearing in the metadata of this photo by NOEL CELIS has been modified in AFP systems in the following manner: [February] instead of [January]. Please immediately remove the erroneous mention[s] from all your online services and delete it (them) from your servers. If you have been authorized by AFP to distribute it (them) to third parties, please ensure that the same actions are carried out by them. Failure to promptly comply with these instructions will entail liability on your part for any continued or post notification usage. Therefore we thank you very much for all your attention and prompt action. We are sorry for the inconvenience this notification may cause and remain at your disposal for any further information you may require. (Photo credit should read NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Residents watch as smoke billows from houses gutted by a fire overnight in an informal settlers area, near the south harbour port in Manila on February 8, 2017. More than a thousand houses were razed during the ten-hour fire, which left some 3,000 people homeless, according to local media. / AFP / Ted ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
A resident squats amongst the ruins of his house, which was gutted by a fire overnight in an informal settlers area, near the south harbour port in Manila on February 8, 2017. More than a thousand houses were razed during the ten-hour fire, which left some 3,000 people homeless, according to local media. / AFP / Ted ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
CORRECTION - A resident pours water on a fire as it destroys hundreds of houses at an informal settlers community in Delpan, Tondo, Manila on February 7, 2017. / AFP / NOEL CELIS / The erroneous mention[s] appearing in the metadata of this photo by NOEL CELIS has been modified in AFP systems in the following manner: [February] instead of [January]. Please immediately remove the erroneous mention[s] from all your online services and delete it (them) from your servers. If you have been authorized by AFP to distribute it (them) to third parties, please ensure that the same actions are carried out by them. Failure to promptly comply with these instructions will entail liability on your part for any continued or post notification usage. Therefore we thank you very much for all your attention and prompt action. We are sorry for the inconvenience this notification may cause and remain at your disposal for any further information you may require. (Photo credit should read NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images)
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MANILA (Reuters) - A massive fire swept through a crowded shanty town near the docks in Manila, destroying houses and leaving 15,000 people homeless, authorities in the Philippine capital said on Wednesday.

Seven people were injured in fire that broke out late on Tuesday night and raged for 10 hours as it spread rapidly, engulfing more than 1,000 makeshift houses, fire officer Edilberto Cruz told reporters.

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About 15,000 people were left homeless and were temporarily sheltered in evacuation centers, and their belongings, like television sets, washing machines and clothes were left on a major road, blocking trucks hauling containers at the port.

Only a week ago a worker was killed and more than a hundred injured at a huge industrial fire at factory south of the capital.

Fires are common in factories and shanty towns in Manila, one of the most populated cities in the world. In 2015, 74 workers were killed when they were trapped in a slipper factory north of the capital.

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