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Hanoi (VNA) -
A blaze ripped through a group of fireworks shops in the Philippines on October 12, leaving two people dead and 24 others injured.

The fire set off a series of explosions at the shops that overturned a truck and badly damaged three other vehicles on a major road in Bocaue, a town about 30 kilometres north of Manila.

Senior Inspector Renan Batchine said the dead included a woman burnt beyond recognition.

Huge and sometimes deadly fires at sprawling slums, markets and factories are common in the Philippines .

In May last year 72 people were killed after a huge blaze tore through a footwear factory in the northern suburbs of Manila .

In one of the country's deadliest-ever fires, 162 people were killed and 94 were injured at a Manila disco in 1996.-VNA