• Short Summary

    A SIX HOUR FIRE RAZED TEN BLOCKS OF SHOPS AND DWELLINGS IN THE HEART OF MANILA'S CHINATOWN ON FRIDAY, (FEBRUARY 21), CAUSING DAMAGE ESTIMATED AT 10 MILLION POUNDS (100 MILLION PHILIPPINES DOLLARS).

  • Description


    FIREMEN TACKLING THE FLAMES AT THE HEIGHT OF THE FIRE. IT ALSO SHOWS THE AFTERMATH AND SCENES OF CHINESE LOOTING FOOD STORES BURNED OUT DURING THE SIX HOUR BLAZE.




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    Background: A SIX HOUR FIRE RAZED TEN BLOCKS OF SHOPS AND DWELLINGS IN THE HEART OF MANILA'S CHINATOWN ON FRIDAY, (FEBRUARY 21), CAUSING DAMAGE ESTIMATED AT 10 MILLION POUNDS (100 MILLION PHILIPPINES DOLLARS).

    THE FIRE STARTED ABOUT FOUR O'CLOCK ON FRIDAY MORNING IN A SECOND HAND AUTO SPARE PARTS STORE. THE FLAMES SPREAD QUICKLY, FANNED BY A STRONG WIND. WITHIN HALF-AN-HOUR SEVERAL BLOCKS WERE BLAZING FROM END TO END AND ALL AVAILABLE FIRE UNITS FROM MANILA AND NEARBY TOWNS WERE CALLED OUT TO DEAL WITH IT.

    LOW WATER PRESSURE HANDICAPPED THE FIRE-FIGHTERS. AFTER TWO HOURS THE HYDRANTS IN THE IMMEDIATE AREA WENT DRY AND WATER HAD TO BE BROUGHT INTO THE AREA BY A TANKER FLEET. THE HEAT WAS SO INTENSE THAT EVEN FIREHOSES BURNED AND SNAPPED.

    DESPITE THE EFFORTS OF POLICE, THERE WAS CONSIDERABLE PANIC AMONG THE LOCAL POPULATION AND THOSE FLEEING THE AREA HAMPERED FIRE UNITS AS THEY STRUGGLED TO MAKE HEADWAY THROUGH CHINATOWN'S NARROW STREETS. IN A BID TO KEEP ORDER, THE WHOLE OF MANILA'S POLICE FORCE WAS ORDERED ON DUTY, BUT THEY WERE UNABLE TO RESTRAIN THE FLEEING PEOPLE OR LOOTERS.

    THE FOLLOWING DAY ANTI-LOOTING PATROLS WERE ORGANISED AND TWENTY FIVE PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED FOR LOOTING -- TEN OF THEM FOR RAIDING A FOOD WAREHOUSE. DESPITE THE EXTENT OF THE DAMAGE AND THE PANIC, NO CASUALTIES WERE REPORTED.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVADN3OWXTDAEN3EBXOEM91499PU
    Media URN:
    VLVADN3OWXTDAEN3EBXOEM91499PU
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/02/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:59:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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