Eight People, Including Children, Killed in Fire at University of the Philippines

At least eight people, including six children, died when a fire broke out at a residential area on a sprawling university campus in the Philippines on May 2.

The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) did not provide details on the ages of the children who died in the fire, which began at around 5 a.m. local time on the second floor of a house in a crowded settlement at the University of the Philippines Diliman in Quezon City.

Another three people were injured in the incident, BFP reported.

The blaze also destroyed 80 homes and displaced around 250 families, BFP said.

According to the BFP, the fire was put under control at 6:35 a.m. and declared fire out at 7 a.m.

“The houses consist of light materials. When the fire broke out, people were shocked,” Senior Fire Officer Greg Bichayda told AFP News.

Bichayda added that while the fire station was nearby, people weren’t able to call immediately.

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