Image: Fire in Manila slum
Aaron Favila  /  AP
Firefighters try to contain a fire that gutted homes in a slum area of Quezon City, Philippines, Sunday.
updated 4/25/2010 4:47:20 PM ET 2010-04-25T20:47:20

A huge fire sweeping through a shantytown outside the Philippine capital has destroyed about 300 houses and left about 7,000 people homeless.

Metropolitan Manila Fire Marshal Pablito Cordeta says about 200 firetrucks were battling the fire that started at midafternoon Sunday and was still burning at nightfall.

It spread rapidly in the slum in Quezon city because of strong winds and the scorching summer heat.

Firefighters struggled to penetrate alleys, which were clogged by people trying to save their belongings.

Residents cried as they watched their burning homes. "We failed to save anything except our clothes," said one weeping resident.

Cordeta said at least two residents were reported missing.

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