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Fire destroys hundreds of homes in slum near Manila

By the CNN Wire Staff
Firemen battle to control a fire raging through a shanty residential area in Quezon City, in suburban Manila, on Sunday.
Firemen battle to control a fire raging through a shanty residential area in Quezon City, in suburban Manila, on Sunday.
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(CNN) -- A massive fire destroyed about 600 homes Sunday in a shantytown outside the Philippines capital, displacing some 2,500 families, fire officials said.

The fire started at about 4 p.m. (4 a.m. ET) in the slum near Manila and was under control four hours later, said fire officials in Quezon City, a Manila suburb. There were no reports of casualties from the blaze. Five firefighters suffered minor injuries.

The fire has wreaked an estimated $10 million in damages, officials said.

 
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