Lovers’ Spats cause two fires in Manila

Lovers’ quarrels allegedly sparked two fire incidents in Manila before dawn Friday, leaving some 40 families homeless.

The first incident took place 3 a.m. on Juan Luna corner Fajardo Streets in Tondo, Manila. A total of 10 homes were gutted by fire and left 20 families homeless.

Superintendent Felixberto Abrenica, chief of the Manila Fire Department, said the blaze started from the house of Lourdes Dungca.

Dungca said a couple renting one of her house’s rooms was responsible. She said the couple was quarreling when one of them accidentally toppled a lighted candle.

Flames from the candles quickly consumed the apartment and spread to nine more homes.

Twenty minutes later, firefighters received a report of another fire on the row of houses along Onyx corner Concha Streets in Paco District.

Abrenica said before the blaze broke out, residents heard a man threatening to start a fire. He said the residents heard the man was looking for his partner.

“Residents saw the couple fighting,” Abrenica said.

At least 10 houses were destroyed and left 20 families homeless.

Fortunately, there were no casualties in the fire incidents, save from a few volunteer firefighters who were late for work following the fire calls.

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