The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) staff and volunteers swiftly responded to a fire incident last night in Parola Compound, in Tondo, Manila.
The fire started at approximately 9:42 in the evening of February 7, burning the residential area with houses that are mostly made of light materials. PRC Manila Chapter staff and volunteers were among the first to respond.
According to Bureau of Fire Protection authorities, the fire was raised to Task Force Delta, the 3rd highest in fire alarm system, before it was declared under control at around 6:25 in the morning of February 8 and fire out at 7:24 a.m.
Some 3,000 families were left homeless and an estimated number of 1,000 houses have been damaged.
According to PRC Operations Center, PRC Manila Chapter mobilized 2 tankers, a fire engine and 2 ambulances and deployed 25 staff and volunteers to help the families. 6 patients have been catered, including one who’s pregnant, one who suffered from difficulty of breathing, and 4 others with minor wounds.
To date, some 800 families are staying in evacuation centres such as Delpan Sports Complex. PRC has set up welfare desks and will be providing hot meals, psychosocial support and tracing. Clothes and shoes will also be provided to selected families.
As of today, PRC already responded to 68 number of fire incidents nationwide, including the recent Export Processing Zone Authority (EPZA) compound fire incident in Rosario, Cavite that can be considered as the longest operation as of 2017.