Fire Leaves Thousands Homeless in Manila
Riot in shantytown after Christmas Day blaze
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 26, 2012 12:03 AM CST
A mant trains a small hose at his still-smoldering house after fire hit a slum area in suburban San Juan, east of Manila.   (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

(Newser) – Thousands of families in Manila were left homeless on Christmas Day after a fire tore through a shantytown in the Philippine capital, the AP reports. At least 13 people were injured, including firefighters attacked by mobs trying to grab fire hoses to save their own homes. A man who claimed to have started the fire was beaten to death by his neighbors. Fire officials say the man was drunk and the fire was actually started by children playing with candles.

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Dec 26, 2012 1:25 PM CST
Shouldn't have lit that lump of coal that was received in the stocking!
Dec 26, 2012 9:44 AM CST
This is what happens in Islamist countries where thousands of people live in an area equivalent to an American city block. They live and act like animals. If they would learn to read and write and allow their girls to go to school then they might eventually become civilized.
Dec 26, 2012 8:33 AM CST
I'm never surprised when people think that when bad things happen to others it is "hilarious", but 57% think this story is "hilarious"? That's not only surprising, it's sickening.