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Fire races through Philippine shanties, leaves thousands homeless north of capital

August 27: A resident of the coastal township of Navotas, north of Manila, sifts through the debris following a fire that gutted hundreds of homes, mostly on stilts, late Thursday in the Philippines. No casualties were reported but the fire left more than 4,000 people homeless. (AP)

August 27: A resident of the coastal township of Navotas, north of Manila, sifts through the debris following a fire that gutted hundreds of homes, mostly on stilts, late Thursday in the Philippines. No casualties were reported but the fire left more than 4,000 people homeless. (AP)

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Officials say a massive fire has left thousands homeless in two coastal villages north of the capital.

Fire Officer Domingo Gastilo says the fire broke out late Thursday, possibly when gasoline a man was pouring into a container near an open stove caught alight.

The fire lasted four hours, racing through some 350 shanties in two crowded villages in Navotas city, north of the capital Manila.

Gastilo said Friday two people died. An eight-year-old girl fell to her death from a makeshift bridge as people fled the fire, and another panicked resident jumped into Manila Bay and drowned.

Thousands were displaced by the fire, but it was not immediately clear exactly how many. They are being housed in a city gymnasium and two schools.