Caloocan fire under control; 1 dead

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The fire that razed houses in a residential area at Bgy. 120, Grace Park, Caloocan City, has been declared under control by firemen on Sunday night, April 20.

It was reported under control at 10:48 pm, said SFO1 Benjamin Tudla, arson investigator of the Caloocan City Central Fire Station.

At least one person died, while 5 others sustained minor injuries like lacerations and open wounds, said Tudla.

The cause of the fire is still being determined.

The blaze reached general alarm, the highest fire alam level, as of 7:47 pm. All available fire trucks and firefighters responded to combat the fire.

FIRE ALERT UPDATE: As of 7:47 PM Brgy. 120 2nd Ave. Grace Park Caloocan involving residentials ( General Alarm) #mmda — Official MMDA (@MMDA) April 20, 2014

The alarm level was only at Task Force Bravo at around 6:30 pm. "Wind direction at lakas ng hangin ang nagpalaki sa apoy," said Tudla. (The direction and strength of the wind feeded the fire.)

An ABS-CBN News report said that a part of J. P. Rizal Avenue Extension was closed to traffic to accommodate responding fire trucks.

The Manila Electric Company (Meralco) has also cut power lines in the area, said the same report.

The fire was first reported to authorities at around 4:00 pm, reported the Philippine Daily Inquirer– Rappler.com