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Manila, Philippines – Some 100 families were rendered homeless when a fire hit a residential area in Manila the other night. Arson investigators reported that the fire started at 10:50 p.m. in one of the houses in Barangay 664-A, Paco, Manila.

Authorities were told that a grill that was left unattended might have caused the fire. Before the fire started, a couple was reportedly seen arguing.  When the heated argument turned from bad to worse, the couple allegedly left their grill unattended, which authorities believe eventually spread the flames toward the adjacent houses.

Authorities had a hard time accessing the area because of the narrow pathways, thus in a span of roughly an hour, some 36 houses were destroyed by the fire.

During its peak, the fire reached the 2nd alarm, sending most of the residents running as they tried to avoid being trapped in the veil of smoke. Because there was no available covered court near the area, the Asilo San Vicente De Paul, served as a temporary evacuation center for those who lost their homes.    Arson probers have yet to confirm the supposed cause of the fire as they conduct their mopping up operations. They have also yet to come up with an estimate on the damage to property.