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In pictures: Fire destroys Manila homes

Residents return to the fire scene to salvage their belongings

A fire has burned through a poor neighbourhood in Mandaluyong City, east of the Philippines capital, Manila.

Devastation from the fire

At least 400 houses were completely destroyed - but no casualties have been reported.

Residents returns to their houses to salvage materials

About 1,200 families have been made homeless, the authorities say.

A fireman shoots water as a young boy enjoys getting a shower

Firefighters were unable to stop the blaze.

Two boys try to salvage a still smouldering metal frame inside a burned house.

Residents returned to salvage belongings - even though very little has been left intact.

A man carries a deformed iron grill he salvaged from a burnt house in an early morning fire in Mandaluyong City east of Manila.

However, a deformed iron grill was good enough for this man.

Desperate attempts to put out the blaze

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