Manila, Philippines – Just after midnight yesterday, a firecracker known as “kwitis” triggered a fire inside a building in Binondo.
Fire Chief Inspector Bonifacio Carta said the flames quickly spread inside the building which contained garments and plastic mannequins.
Almost simultaneously, another fire broke out in Barangay 93, Pasay City.
Barangay chairman Joel Garcia suspects arson as the cause of the fire.
He said that this year was his first time to win the barangay elections and he believes that someone might not have been too happy with it.
Firefighters had a hard time putting out the fire because of narrow pathways in the area. (Rizal S. Obanil)