By Gabriela Baron and Jhon Aldrin Casinas
A huge fire broke out in a residential area in Mandaluyong City on Monday afternoon, forcing residents to flee their homes for safety amid the threat of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
City Fire Marshall Supt. Jose Callos, Jr. said the alarm level of the fire has been raised to Task Force Bravo.
He told the Manila Bulletin that they were having difficulty containing the fire because fire trucks cannot get near the area because of the tight alleyways.
Callos said that they have already requested for helicopters that would drop water into the blaze to extinguish it.
According to the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), the fire engulfed houses at Block 37 in Barangay Addition Hills at around 5:30 p.m.
The village was recently placed under a week-long lockdown due to the high number of COVID-19 cases in the area. The Mandaluyong City Public Information Office said there were 122 confirmed cases in the Barangay Additional Hills as of May 30, the highest number among barangays in the city.
As of writing, firefighters are still trying to contain the blaze.