Around 100 families lost their homes to a fire in Barangay Tonsuya, Malabon City Wednesday night.
The families were unharmed and evacuated to a basketball court.
The fire quickly spread as houses in the area were mostly made up of light materials. It was put out by 9:45 p.m., according to Malabon City Fire Marshal Supt. Michael Uy.
Uy estimated the property damage to be under a million pesos. An investigation will determine the cause of the fire.
Meanwhile, the evacuees were advised to wear their face masks and observe social distancing in line with safety protocols.
Barangay Tonsuya Chairman Filemon Villanueva said a nearby elementary school was also being prepared for use by other evacuees as temporary shelter.
The evacuees are seeking help from good samaritans.
Roselle Caranza, a mother of two, said she was not able to get any of their belongings after dragging her children to safety.
“We don’t know how to start again. We don’t know what to do. It is hard now especially COVID-19 is still a threat,” said Caranza. “We are asking for help. We hope that help will arrive.”