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Jun 26, 2018

Manila’s slums an endless battle for firefighters

Manila’s slums an endless battle for firefighters

There have been over 2,200 fires in Manila this year and the majority of these have occurred in slum areas, data from the Bureau of Fire Protection showed.
In a country with a yawning wealth gap, the hardest hit are the hundreds of thousands of urban poor who call the shanties home.

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Residents watch as a fireman demonstrates how to use a fire extinguisher during a fire prevention measures of Bureau of Fire Prevention government agency at BASECO compound in Tondo, Manila, Philippines, May 3, 2018. ERIK DE CASTRO/REUTERS

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Flames are seen from an LPG stove in the kitchen of a resident at Vitas Tenement, a government housing building, in Tondo, Manila, Philippines, May 8, 2018. ERIK DE CASTRO/REUTERS

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Residents walk outside Paco Fire Station in Paco, Manila, Philippines May 4, 2018. ERIK DE CASTRO/REUTERS

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Firefighter Milan Miranda rests at Paco Fire Station in Paco, Manila, Philippines, May 4, 2018. Miranda is set to retire next year after battling blazes for 32 years. He said he was inspired by his father and uncle to join the ranks, despite the dangers. "Every fire is a challenge, especially when we lack equipment like breathing apparatus so we inhale smoke and endure the heat, risking our health and lives," Miranda said. "But this is the career given to me by God." ERIK DE CASTRO/REUTERS

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A fireman gives a hand signal to fellow firefighters as a shopping centre burns at the University of the Philippines campus in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, March 8, 2018. ERIK DE CASTRO/REUTERS

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Destroyed houses are seen during a fire at a residential neighbourhood in Las Pinas, Metro Manila, Philippines, March 14, 2018. ERIK DE CASTRO/REUTERS

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Firefighting protective gear hangs at Paco Fire Station in Paco, Manila, Philippines May 4, 2018. ERIK DE CASTRO/REUTERS

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Firefighters wait for water supply during a fire at a shopping centre in the University of the Philippines campus in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, March 8, 2018. ERIK DE CASTRO/REUTERS

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Firemen put out a fire as they compete during the annual Fire Olympics by firefighters nationwide in Manila, Philippines, March 20, 2018. ERIK DE CASTRO/REUTERS

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Shop workers bring out office equipment outside a shopping centre being gutted by a fire at the University of the Philippines campus in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, March 8, 2018. ERIK DE CASTRO/REUTERS

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A resident throws water at his house on fire at a residential neighbourhood of an informal settlement, in Muntinlupa, Metro Manila, Philippines, June 4, 2018. ERIK DE CASTRO/REUTERS

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Houses burn during a fire at a residential neighbourhood of an informal settlement in Muntinlupa, Metro Manila, Philippines, June 4, 2018. ERIK DE CASTRO/REUTERS

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A man pours water on his body during a fire at a residential neighbourhood of an informal settlement, in Muntinlupa, Metro Manila, Philippines, June 4, 2018. ERIK DE CASTRO/REUTERS

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Firefighters carry a fire victim to an ambulance during a fire at a residential neighbourhood of an informal settlement in Muntinlupa, Metro Manila, Philippines, June 4, 2018. ERIK DE CASTRO/REUTERS

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A man cries after his house was gutted by a fire at a residential neighbourhood of an informal settlement, in Muntinlupa, Metro Manila, Philippines, June 4, 2018. ERIK DE CASTRO/REUTERS

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A resident rests inside his house gutted by a fire in Quezon city, Metro Manila, Philippines, March 8, 2018. ERIK DE CASTRO/REUTERS

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A shopping centre burns during a fire at the University of the Philippines campus in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, March 8, 2018. ERIK DE CASTRO/REUTERS

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Residents stand with their belongings in Laguna Lake after evacuating their homes due to a fire at a residential neighbourhood of an informal settlement in Muntinlupa, Metro Manila, Philippines, June 4, 2018. ERIK DE CASTRO/REUTERS

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A destroyed house is seen after a fire at a residential neighbourhood in Pasig, Metro Manila, Philippines, May 5, 2018. ERIK DE CASTRO/REUTERS

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Fire victims rest inside a temporary shelter after their houses were gutted by a fire in Sta Cruz, Manila, Philippines, March 4, 2018. ERIK DE CASTRO/REUTERS

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Electric wires are seen as a boy plays on the rooftop of Vitas Tenement, a government housing building, in Tondo, Manila, Philippines, May 8, 2018. ERIK DE CASTRO/REUTERS

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Vitas Tenement, a government housing building, stands with a new residential condominium building seen in the background, in Tondo, Manila, Philippines, May 8, 2018. ERIK DE CASTRO/REUTERS

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Residents rest on the rooftop of Vitas Tenement, a government housing building, overlooking a new residential condominium building in Tondo, Manila, Philippines, May 8, 2018. ERIK DE CASTRO/REUTERS

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A resident watches television inside a room at Vitas Tenement, a government housing building, in Tondo, Manila, Philippines, May 8, 2018. ERIK DE CASTRO/REUTERS

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A man sits in a narrow alley as his house burns in Muntinlupa, Metro Manila, Philippines, June 4, 2018. ERIK DE CASTRO/REUTERS

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A man carries a statue of Baby Jesus during a fire at a residential neighbourhood in Las Pinas, Metro Manila, Philippines, March 14, 2018. ERIK DE CASTRO/REUTERS

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Fire victims collect recyclable materials after a fire at a residential district in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, March 8, 2018. ERIK DE CASTRO/REUTERS

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A framed images of Jesus and Virgin Mary are seen on a wall inside a house gutted by a fire in Pasig, Metro Manila, Philippines, May 5, 2018. ERIK DE CASTRO/REUTERS

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A man stands at the entrance of his partially damaged house after a fire at a residential district in Pasig, Metro Manila, Philippines, May 5, 2018. ERIK DE CASTRO/REUTERS

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A woman walks in an alley next to her house destroyed by a fire at a residential district in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, March 8, 2018. ERIK DE CASTRO/REUTERS

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Partially burnt dvd's are seen inside a gutted house after a fire at a residential district in Pasig, Metro Manila, Philippines, May 5, 2018. ERIK DE CASTRO/REUTERS

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A boy stands in the ruins of his family's house gutted by a fire at a residential district in Pasig, Metro Manila, Philippines, May 5, 2018. ERIK DE CASTRO/REUTERS

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Firefighter Milan Miranda rests at Paco Fire Station in Paco, Manila, Philippines, May 4, 2018. Miranda is set to retire next year after battling blazes for 32 years. He said he was inspired by his father and uncle to join the ranks, despite the dangers. "Every fire is a challenge, especially when we lack equipment like breathing apparatus so we inhale smoke and endure the heat, risking our health and lives," Miranda said. "But this is the career given to me by God." ERIK DE CASTRO/REUTERS

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Residents attend a wake of their six relatives placed inside two coffins who died after a fire at a dilapidated building in an informal settlement, in Paranaque, Metro Manila, Philippines, May 15, 2018. ERIK DE CASTRO/REUTERS

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