Published: Mon, March 19, 2018
Medical | By Alyssa Little

Four dead in Manila casino fire

Four dead in Manila casino fire

A fire engulfed a hotel and casino in the Philippine capital on Sunday, killing at least three employees, trapping two others and forcing the evacuation of more than 300 guests, some by helicopter, officials said. Some people had to be resued by a helicopter.

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.

On a Sunday morning, fire swept at the Waterfront Manila Pavilion, a hotel and casino complex, was still raging six hours after it began.

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Of the 4 confirmed dead, two worked at the hotel - a security guard and a casino employee.

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. "That is our enemy now - the smoke and the wind - which is why our firefighters are having a hard time", Yu told reporters.

The authorities are investigating the cause of the fire which began in the casino or mezzanine area of the 21-floor hotel. Nearby cities were helping put out the blaze, Manila's fire department said.

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A similar incident took place in 2015 at a factory which makes rubber slippers, where 72 people died.

Fire crews battle a fire at the Manila Pavillion Hotel on Sunday.

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