Fire in Tondo, Manila leaves 3 dead, 2 injured

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 11, 2019   •   255

Fire hit a residential area in Tondo, Manila on Wednesday morning (September 11). Three are confirmed dead while two were injured.

Authorities have identified the casualties as Mara Beneza, 23, her 4-year-old son Leo Tequillo, and nephew Andrei Tequillo, 5.

Chief of the Intelligence and Investigation of Manila Fire District, Fire Inspector John Joseph said the fire reached second alarm at around 6:00 a.m. and was declared fire out before 8:00 a.m.

Authorities continue to investigate on the cause of the fire.—AAC (with reports from Harlene Delgado)

Forest fire burns Cristo Rey monument area in Colombia

Jeck Deocampo   •   September 11, 2019

Emergency officials stepped in after massive fire burns near tourist spots in Colombia on Tuesday (September 10)

Video shared with Reuters showed the fire burning mass areas of the hill holding Cristo Rey, or Christ the King monument in Cali, about 450 kilometres southeast of Bogota.

Local media said that the fire department deployed crews to control the blaze first reported at 1:40pm local time (1740GMT).

No injuries were reported after the fires died down at 10pm (0200GMT), however the inferno threatened several areas in Cali including the Cali zoo. (REUTERS)

Several feared dead in fire at Japan animation studio

Robie de Guzman   •   July 18, 2019

A large plume of smoke is seen coming out of the animation studio that caught fire in Kyoto, Japan. | Courtesy: Reuters

Several people are feared dead after a fire at an animation studio in the Japanese city of Kyoto on Thursday (July 18) and police are investigating a possible arson attack, authorities and local media reported.

The fire at the Kyoto Animation studio injured more than 30 people, 10 of them seriously, and one person has been confirmed dead, a spokesman for the Kyoto City Fire Department said.

Several people were confirmed dead at the site, public broadcaster NHK reported, citing police. A Kyoto police spokesman was unable to immediately confirm the report when contacted by Reuters.

Police have taken into custody a man who poured what appeared to be gasoline around the studio, NHK said.

The studio produces the “Sound! Euphonium” series and its “Free! Road to the World – The Dream” movie is due for release this month. (REUTERS)

(Production: Akiko Okamoto, Yiming Woo)

Fire, torrential rain batter Greece, leave 7 dead

Robie de Guzman   •   July 12, 2019

Aircraft putting out fire, ruined stuff, damaged cars & scattered belongings | Courtesy : Reuters

At least five fires have southern Greece alight on Wednesday afternoon due to high temperatures and gale force winds, while at the same time a strong storm hit northern Greece leaving seven people dead, dozens injured and a fisherman missing, as well as losses or damages to properties.

On Wednesday afternoon, at least five fires triggered either by high temperatures or gale force winds swept across the Peloponnese Peninsula, Attica Peninsula, Lamia Bay, and Evia Peninsula.

The disasters were finally controlled before night fell due to the joint efforts of firefighters on the ground and planes in the air.

However, in northern Greece, another extreme weather phenomenon took the baton and threatened people in the north.

The extreme weather caused seven people, six of whom confirmed as tourists from Russia, Czech and Romania on vacation in the country, dead and the unidentified victim is said likely to be a local fisherman. The storm darkened the doorstep of the Chalkidiki Peninsula in northern Greece, and the country’s second largest city Thessaloniki.

“The grill and the iron plate for the barbecue were blown off there. The pavilion there also fell down. The cars were crushed,” said Despoina, a resident in Chalkidiki.

The damages brought by the first freak storm in 30 years was huge, though it only lasted half an hour.

“We have been living here for 25 years, but we have never seen this,” said Despoina.

The power supply in the northern coastal areas and trains running between Thesalloniki and Alexandroupoli, another coastal city in the north, were cut off.

The 22 injured people have been sent to a local hospital, with nine of them suffering fractures to varying degrees. (REUTERS)

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