A massive fire hit a community of informal settlers and a large portion of a bustling Sasa public market in Davao City on November 24. The fire, which according to the residents was caused by an explosion of a butane gas, destroyed about 350 structures and left at least 800 families homeless.

Residents escape by boat, © Keith Bacongco

 

Residents gather along the highway in Sasa. © Keith Bacongco

 

Residents escape by boat, © Keith Bacongco

 

Residents escape by boat, © Keith Bacongco

 

Narrow alleys made it hard for firefighters to penetrate into the site along the shore. © Keith Bacongco

 

Tugboats help put out fire. © Keith Bacongco

 

Tugboats help put out fire. © Keith Bacongco

 

Philippine Coast Guard personnel help put out fire using a hose from the nearby tugboat. © Keith Bacongco

 

Philippine Coast Guard personnel evacuate residents to the nearby ferry terminal. © Keith Bacongco

 

Residents sough refuge at the nearby ferry terminal. © Keith Bacongco

 

Residents sough refuge at the nearby ferry terminal. © Keith Bacongco

 

Residents sough refuge at the nearby ferry terminal. © Keith Bacongco

 

Residents sough refuge at the nearby ferry terminal. © Keith Bacongco

 

Residents sough refuge at the nearby ferry terminal. © Keith Bacongco

 

The Lanang-Panacan highway was closed to traffic due to the massive fire. © Keith Bacongco

 

Philippine Coast Guard personnel scour the shores of Sasa to locate trapped residents. © Keith Bacongco

 

Philippine Coast Guard personnel scour the shores of Sasa to locate trapped residents. © Keith Bacongco

 

Philippine Coast Guard personnel evacuate residents to the nearby ferry terminal. © Keith Bacongco

 

A man douses his house with seawater. © Keith Bacongco

 

A man saved only a few of his belongings, his pet dog, fighting cock and an LPG tank. © Keith Bacongco

 

Philippine Coast Guard personnel evacuate residents to the nearby ferry terminal. © Keith Bacongco

 

Firefighters put out fire at Sasa market. © Keith Bacongco

 

Firefighters put out fire at Sasa market. © Keith Bacongco

 

Residents escape by boat, © Keith Bacongco

 

Residents scour usbale items from the charred remains of their houses. © Keith Bacongco

 

This Tausug family spent a night under these plastic sheets along the road in Sasa. © Keith Bacongco

 

Fire survivors, who belong to Sama and Tausug tribes spent a night under these plastic sheets along the road in Sasa. © Keith Bacongco

 

This unfinished structure served as an evacuation center for fire survivors. © Keith Bacongco

 

This unfinished structure served as an evacuation center for fire survivors. © Keith Bacongco

 

Residents scour usbale items from the charred remains of their houses. © Keith Bacongco

 

Charred coins © Keith Bacongco

 

What remains of the fish section of Sasa market. © Keith Bacongco

 

A mother cuddles her daughter inside an unfinished structure, which served as temporary shelter of fire survivors. © Keith Bacongco