Fire hits Manila Pavilion Hotel

Fire hits Manila Pavilion Hotel

Police said it remains unclear if the fire at the Manila Pavilion Hotel and Casino, which was still raging after seven hours, started in the casino in the lower floors or in an area of the hotel that was under renovation.

Three people were killed and 23 injured by a major hotel fire in the Philippine capital Manila on Sunday, with others plucked by helicopter from the rooftop of the building engulfed in thick black smoke, authorities said.

The fire broke out at the Manila Pavilion Hotel where about 20 people earlier listed as trapped had been evacuated safely, Johnny Yu, chief of the Manila Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office, said.

And in June previous year, an armed attacker set the Resorts World Manila hotel-casino complex on fire, claiming the lives of 37 people. The four were declared dead on arrival.

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At least 19 people were unaccounted for, but Yu said that only two, both of them security camera operators, were confirmed to have been trapped in the hotel and rescuers were trying to reach them. Nearby cities were helping put out the blaze, Manila's fire department said. Our team dispatched two ambulance units and one fire truck.

"Fire suppression and search and rescue operations are ongoing", he said.

A separate radio report said the cause of the fire has not been determined although initial reports said it could have been because of ongoing welding work on the second floor of the 22-story building.

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