Deadly fire sweeps Philippine slum

At least 16 dead, including several children, as blaze tears through wooden shanty town.

    Mothers perished with their children in the fire, which gutted more than 60 shanties [AFP]

    "It was really tragic."

    Several people reportedly leapt from windows, but others did not wake up in time.

    An investigation is under way to determine the cause of the blaze.

    Police have said the fire may have been started by a candle lit by one of the residents to honour the dead on All Souls' Day.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Meet the deported nurse aiding asylum seekers at US-Mexico border

    Meet the deported nurse helping refugees at the border

    Francisco 'Panchito' Olachea drives a beat-up ambulance around Nogales, taking care of those trying to get to the US.

    The rise of Pakistan's 'burger' generation

    The rise of Pakistan's 'burger' generation

    How a homegrown burger joint pioneered a food revolution and decades later gave a young, politicised class its identity.

    'We will cut your throats': The anatomy of Greece's lynch mobs

    The brutality of Greece's racist lynch mobs

    With anti-migrant violence hitting a fever pitch, victims ask why Greek authorities have carried out so few arrests.