15,000 MADE HOMELESS BY FIRE IN MANILA
Fifteen thousand persons were rendered homeless by a fire in Manila, P. I., April 1st, the most destructive in more than twenty years, which destroyed 3,000 houses in the northern section of the city, a native quarter known as the San Lazaro district. Two bodies were found in the ruins.
Police estimated the loss at $3,000,000. The razed area consisted mostly of small native structures occupied as dwellings and stores. It extended over thirty acres.
American sailors from the flagship Huron of the Asiatic Fleet and American soldiers from the Manila barracks were cheered as they marched into the burning district to assist in fighting the flames.
Red Cross workers before daylight began assembling food and clothing for the homeless, most of whom spent the night in vacant lots. An inital appropriation of $10,000 was made by the City Council for relief work, and subscription lists were opened.
Search in the ruins revealed bodies of Zonsine Santos and his 12-year-old nephew, clasped in each other’s arms and cncirled by the iron hoops of a large water barrel. It is believed that when their escape was cut off by flames they took refuge in the barrel, filled with water, hoping to save their lives. The wooden staves burned.