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Thousands flee as fire razes Philippines slum

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A huge night fire sent slum swellers running for their lives and destroyed more than a thousand homes in the Philippines' largest southern city, officials said Sunday. 

Children scavenge among twisted metal and corrugated iron sheets in the ruins of a slum after a fire in Davao City, on April 5, 2014

Davao city's skyline lit up as firefighters battled for more than five hours against flames that leapt swiftly from one shanty to another in the depressed coastal neighbourhood of Isla Verde on Friday night, witnesses said.

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