4 dead, 6 injured as fire hits Manila Pavilion

"From his stint at the Philippine Military Academy in Baguio City, President Rodrigo Duterte before going back to the Palace, flew over Manila Pavilion to check the damage caused by the fire that hit the hotel, and another nearby area which was also hit by a conflagration", Go said in a text message.

Yu said there are indications that the blaze could have started either at the mezzanine floor of the hotel or at the casino area, but the circumstances are still unclear.

Mr Yu initially said at least four people died in the fire, but other officials later said that one of those who was feared to have died was revived by doctors at a hospital and was in critical condition.

Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office Chief Johnny Yu said that at least 19 persons were reported to be trapped inside the burning hotel.

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

Responders sent a helicopter to rescue people trapped on the roof while crews battled to evacuate others from lower floors. A fire broke out Sunday morning at the hotel in Manila, the Bureau of Fire Protection said. "There were those who inhaled the smoke and were brought to the hospital", senior fire officer Marlon Banaag told AFP. Also, in 2017 a fire swept at a shopping mall and a call centre in the southern city of Davo, 38 people were killed.

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

  • Delores Daniels