Massive fire north of Makati, Manila – November 16, 2009

I looked out my living room window to see this massive blaze north of Makati, Manila. I searched the news and Twitter but didn’t see any reports at all.

I took photos and video with the Canon 5D mk II and a 70-200mm + 1.4x teleconverter

Massive fire in Manila, November 16, 2009 (by javajive)

Massive fire in Manila, November 16, 2009 (by javajive)

Massive fire in Manila, November 16, 2009 (by javajive)

*Update* – I found the following news article this morning:

MANILA – A fire hit a slum area in Mandaluyong City Monday evening and burned an estimated 1,000 homes affecting about 5,000 families.

The Mandaluyong City Central Fire Station said many of the the houses at the Welfareville Compound in Barangay Addition Hills were razed.

The fire reportedly started about 7 p.m.

The Bureau of Fire Protection raised the fire alarm to Task Force India which meant that all firefighters and volunteers in the National Capital Region were asked to respond.

Fire investigators have yet to say the cause of the blaze which late evening was declared already under control.

Investigators said that the fire quickly spread since most of the houses were made of light materials.

An estimated 5,000 families were left homeless.

City officials arrived and announced to affected residents that they will be temporarily relocated to a nearby school. The school will reportedly have to suspend classes Tuesday since the affected residents were expected to still use its facilities.

  • this is scary. nice shots by the way.

  • Alice

    Gosh I can only imagine the impact and devastation on those families. I hope there was little injury, but I suspect that isn't the case. Amazing images Brandon.

  • dean

    brandon… any word on relief efforts on behalf of the 5,000 displaced families? i'd be interested in contributing if something is in place for these folks…

  • We should be aware that unfortunate events like this increase during the summer season. Ingat tayo.

  • Amazing photos, I remember seeing some of those slums and the news is sad indeed. Thanks for sharing.

  • Thanks for information, I'll always keep updated here!