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New Year's Day blaze kills two in Manila

A fire raced through a crowded slum in the Philippine capital on New Year's Day, killing at least two people and gutting hundreds of shanties, officials said. The blaze, believed to have been caused by firecrackers during New Year revelry, erupted in a warren of makeshift structures that housed informal settlers in Quezon City, a suburb of Manila. Firemen donning yellow helmets struggled to put out huge balls of flames as panicked residents scrambled to save their possessions and pet animals.

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