Published: Mon, March 19, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Killed in Fire at Philippine Hotel

Killed in Fire at Philippine Hotel

Manila, Philippines: Five people have perished in a raging inferno that tore through a hotel and casino complex in Manila, authorities said Monday, after firefighters battled more than 24 hours to douse the flames.

Johnny Yu, director of the Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, said the three fatalities were among the 10 victims who were rushed to the Manila Doctors' Hospital.

The blaze was believed to have started on Sunday (local time) on the second floor of the Waterfront Manila Pavilion Hotel in Manila City, where renovations were ongoing, said fire marshal Jonas Silvano.

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"The smoke is very heavy and, second, there's the wind that we're trying to overcome", Yu said.

The dead were all casino employees, and another of the workers was still in critical condition.

An eyewitness, Francis Magilnez Gonzales recounted in his Facebook account how he and his friends "saw a white helicopter around 12 noon to help those trapped at the top of the building". Nearby cities were helping put out the blaze, Manila's fire department said. More than 300 people were present when the incident took place and six people were brought to hospital, fire and city officials said.

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"This is a major fire".

Firemen are now clearing the area and investigating the cause of the fire.

A fire engulfs the Manila Pavilion Hotel and Casino Sunday, March 18, in Manila, Philippines.

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In the southern city of Davao, 38 people were killed in December 2017 by a fire that ravaged a shopping mall and a call centre.

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