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Authorities declared three blocks in Barangay Punta Princesa on Thursday under state of calamity after a fire that left hundreds of families homeless.

Barangay Punta Princesa chief Jose Navarro said Sitios Arca, Tuburan, and Trinidad were placed under state of calamity to help the fire victims in their needs. Placing the area under state of calamity will allow the local government to use its calamity funds to address the needs of the affected residents.

The fire, which started at 5:44 p.m. Wednesday allegedly at the house of one Gregoria Bacon in Sitio Trinidad, left more than 250 families homeless as of Thursday noon. The figure is expected to go higher. An overcharged cell phone and a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) tank explosion are among the possible causes in the fire.

Meanwhile, 44-year-old Dominggo Gatasan was found dead Thursday morning due to the fire. Gatasan reportedly believed to have fallen from the second floor of Bacon's house. Displaced families are now taking shelter at the barangay sports complex.

Apart from Punta Princesa, two other communities were struck by fire in Cebu Wednesday. Seven fires have broken out since last Saturday -- four in Cebu City, two in Mandaue City and one in Alcantara town.