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10 dead in Philippine fire

world Updated: Jan 30, 2011 10:23 IST
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Ten people were killed in a huge fire that razed some 100 houses in a poor residential area in the Philippine capital on Sunday, authorities said.



Investigators said the fire at suburban Navotas city, north of Manila, began before midnight on Saturday and lasted for about five hours, local social welfare official Pat Agcaoili told local radio.



At least 10 people were confirmed dead. Several people, including a three year-old child, remained unaccounted for, Agcaoili said.



Arson investigators said they had yet to determine the cause of the blaze.

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