Eight people have died, including six children, after a fire tore through scores of homes near the Philippines capital Manila.

The blaze, which started around 5:00 local time on Monday, also destroyed 80 homes.

It started on the second floor of a house in a crowded settlement inside the sprawling campus of the University of the Philippines, in Quezon City.

The cause of the blaze is unknown.

Senior fire officer Greg Bichayda told AFP news agency that it took nearly two hours to extinguish the blaze.

“The fire spread quickly,” Mr Bichayda said, adding that victims were unable to escape their homes.

He said six of those who died were children, but no further details of their ages were released.

Mr Bichayda said the houses consist of light material and when the fire broke out, people were shocked.