Philippines: Fire destroys 200 mainly Muslim homes in Basilan province

31st Jul 2017
Philippines: Fire destroys 200 mainly Muslim homes in Basilan province

 

More than 1,000 mostly Muslim families homeless

By Roy Ramos

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (AA) – A mysterious early Sunday fire destroyed 200 homes in a village on the Island of Malamawi, in the southern province of Basilan.

The fire began around 10 a.m. (0200GMT) and was brought under control by the Bureau of Fire Protection two hours later, according to fire marshal Jasmine Tanog.

Firefighters and coast guard personnel had difficulty putting out the fire because the island does not have a fire truck.

Authorities are investigating the cause of the fire that has left homeless more than 1,000 mostly Muslims families.

[Map of Philippines by US Government/Wikimedia]

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