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Philippines departmental store fire kills 24

At least 24 people died in a fire that engulfed a one-storey department store in the central Philippines.

india Updated: Dec 26, 2006 11:06 IST

At least 24 people died in a fire that engulfed a one-storey department store in the central Philippines on Christmas Day, police said Tuesday.

The fire, believed to have been caused by firecrackers, swept through the store in Ormoc city, 550 kilometres southeast of Manila, leaving many vendors and customers trapped inside, acting provincial police director Senior Superintendent Manuel Cobillo said.

First Published: Dec 26, 2006 08:42 IST