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Fire razed at least 200 houses in Davao City on Saturday, leaving hundreds of people homeless and one person dead.

The Davao City fire bureau identified the fatality as Joselle Bautista, 35, a shoe repairman.

Arson investigators said that the fire broke out that in Purok 6, Barangay 31-D started from Bautista's home. The main cause was an unattended water heater, investigator said.

Authorities said that the blaze reached the general alarm and was put out after 3 hours.

At least 1,000 families were displaced and 5 more residents were injured, including a certain Sam Ampa.


An explosion that ripped through a warehouse of firecrackers and chemicals and triggered a fire in several buildings at the Canelar district of Zamboanga City Friday afternoon has been put out, a police official said.
Police Superintendent Jose Bayani Gucela, spokesman of Western Mindanao Police Office, said the three-hour fire was put out at 6:15 p.m., saying it is now "contained," there are no casualties, and authorities are conducting "clearing" operations.
Gucela, who is also the chief of the city’s bomb squad unit, said "We cannot determine yet what [started] the explosion of firecrackers but [according to] witnesses, there was some kind of blast ... inside the tightly closed warehouse."

The death toll in the road accident involving a passenger multicab and a delivery van at Kilometer 47, Barangay Bingcungan, Tagum City here on Thursday rose to seven, after one of those injured died at the Davao Regional Hospital.
Police said Norma Fuerzas 55, former chair of Barangay Bingkungan, passed away while undergoing treatment at the hospital.

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