Devastating Fire in Tondo Leaves Hundreds Homeless

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About 100 houses were damaged, and approximately 300 families were left homeless when a devastating fire broke out in Tondo, Manila on Tuesday night. The fire, which started at 9:49 p.m., quickly escalated and reached the fifth alarm by 11:02 p.m. Firefighters worked tirelessly to combat the flames and finally declared the fire out at 2:07 a.m.

According to a report from the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) relayed to the Manila Police, the fire is believed to have originated from a three-story residential building owned by Roger and Ine Gloria, located along Capulong Street corner Lacson Street in Tondo. Thankfully, there were no fatalities reported, but two individuals sustained injuries. Fire Officer 1 (FO1) Philip Chua suffered a minor laceration on his right palm, while Julieta Rodemo, a senior citizen and person with disability (PWD), suffered superficial burns on her right foot. Both were promptly taken to the Tondo General Medical Center for immediate medical attention.

The estimated property damage caused by the fire is valued at P1,500,000, according to the BFP’s assessment. The destruction of homes and belongings has left many families devastated and in need of assistance.

In response to the tragedy, the city government of Manila has taken action to provide aid to the affected residents. Manila Mayor Maria Sheila “Honey” Lacuna-Pangan, Vice Mayor Yul Servo-Nieto, and Manila Department of Social Welfare Officer in Charge Ma. Asuncion Fugoso led the distribution of financial assistance to the 626 families affected by the nine fire incidents reported from November 10 to December 13, 2023.

Each family received P10,000, while unattached individuals were given P3,000. The financial aid aims to help the affected families start rebuilding their lives. Additionally, the city government provided hot meals, hygiene kits, and mats to ensure the immediate needs of the fire victims were met.

During the distribution of assistance at the Universidad de Manila, Mayor Lacuna-Pangan expressed her sympathy for the victims and acknowledged the limitations of the aid provided. She stated, “We know this will not be enough to cover all you lost in the incident. But we do hope that it can help you at least start again. We, in the local government of Manila, were very sad about what you have been through. But just as the vice mayor said, those are just material things. What is more important is that you and your families are safe.”

The immediate response from the city government of Manila demonstrates their commitment to supporting the affected families during this difficult time. The financial aid and essential supplies provided will assist in easing the initial burden and help the victims begin the process of rebuilding their lives.

It is crucial for the community to come together to support those affected by the fire. Donations, both monetary and in-kind, can make a significant difference in helping the families recover and regain stability. By extending a helping hand, we can show compassion and solidarity in times of crisis.

As the affected families embark on their journey to rebuild, it is essential to remember that the true value lies in the safety and well-being of individuals and their loved ones. Material possessions can be replaced, but the support and care shown by the community will leave a lasting impact on the lives of those affected by the fire in Tondo, Manila.

Source: The Manila Times

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