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Manila shantytown fire leaves thousands homeless

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 Wednesday morning.

Blaze quickly spread through narrow alleyways of sprawling Parola Compound

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      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 Wednesday 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.

      About 15,000 people lost their homes. (Romeo Ranoco/Reuters)

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

      Firefighters managed to put out the blaze by Wednesday morning. (Romeo Ranoco/Reuters)

      Social welfare officer Regina Jane Mata says three evacuation centres 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.