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Fire leaves thousands homeless in Manila

MANILA, Philippines, April 19 (UPI) -- Up to 10,000 people were left homeless Tuesday when fire swept through a squatters' colony in the Philippines' capital of Manila, fire officials said.

The fire started shortly after noon and quickly spread but there were no immediate reports of casualties, GMANews.TV reported.

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At least one firefighter was reported injured battling the blaze.

Fire investigators told the Philippine Star a faulty appliance that overheated may have triggered the fire.

A spokesman for the government said temporary housing was being arranged for families left homeless by the blaze.

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