17 hurt, thousands lose homes in Makati fire

Makati Fire

Metropolitan Composite Fire and Rescue Volunteers responded to a fire where at least 17 people were injured while around 2,000 families lost about 500 homes in a squatter’s compound in Guadalupe Viejo in Makati City shortly after midnight Saturday.

 Initial reports say that arson investigators had taken in for questioning at least one person suspected of allowing one of the houses to be used as a drug den.

 Arson investigators are also looking into information that the fire inside the Laperal Compound stemmed from a fight where a gas lantern was hurled.

 Initial reports showed a resident initially identified as Mario “Marie” Parisales was “invited” for questioning for the fire that started at the house owned by his sister Janet.

 The report said neighbors tried to lynch Parisales but arson investigators kept them from doing so.

 The fire reached Task Force Delta at 4 a.m. as authorities had to close off much of the southbound portion of Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (EDSA) to traffic. EDSA was reopened to traffic at 5 a.m.

 A separate report on the fire said at least 17 residents were hurt in the blaze. The fire was declared out at 5:40 a.m., with the affected families brought to the nearby San Carlos Seminary.

 Many of the affected families had stayed along the roadside along EDSA while the fire was still raging.

 Metropolitan Composite Fire and Rescue Volunteers got back to base around 7 a.m.