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Dozens feared dead in Philippines slipper factory fire

Dozens feared dead in Philippines slipper factory fire

A fire razed a rubber slipper factory in a suburb of the Philippine capital Manila Wednesday and dozens of workers reported missing were feared to have perished, the city mayor and fire officials said.

At least three bodies have been recovered and fire officials said there were no survivors found after the fire was put under control, said Mayor Rex Gatchalian of Valenzuela city north of Manila.

The fire was put under control more than five hours after it started. District Fire Marshall Wilberto Rico Neil Kwan Tiu said he was among the first to reach the second floor of the gutted building after the fire and saw "numerous bodies," many charred beyond recognition.
Gatchalian said the fire apparently was ignited from sparks from welding works at the building's main entrance door.

Updated : 2021-09-16 19:19 GMT+08:00