MANILA: A fire at a property used as a residence and warehouse killed 16 people and injured three in the Philippine capital today, fire authorities said.
It was not yet known what caused the fire, which started at dawn and engulfed the two-storey building used as a warehouse and workers’ housing for a T-shirt printing business.
Three people survived by jumping from the second floor, bureau of fire protection spokesman Douglas Guiyab told DZRH radio station.
The Philippines has a patchy record in enforcing fire safety regulations in buildings, residences and offices.
In 2017, a fire at a shopping mall in southern Davao killed 37 call centre agents and a security officer.
In May, a massive fire engulfed Manila’s historic Central Post Office building.