Fire near Manila City Hall snarls traffic
An early morning fire razed a residential-commercial area near the Manila City Hall early Thursday, snarling traffic in the area.
The fire affected structures that included a boarding house and mobile phone repair shops, which are located near a mall and the City Hall, radio dzBB's Carlo Mateo reported.
No one was initially reported injured in the fire, even as students in the boarding house were reported trying to save their belongings.
Traffic was heavy at the corner of San Marcelino Street and Ayala Boulevard, with trucks usually passing through Ayala Boulevard advised to take alternate routes.
Initial investigation showed the fire started shortly before 6 a.m.
Volunteer firefighter group TXTFire said the blaze had reached the fifth alarm as of 6:03 a.m. — ELR, GMA News