Hotel fire kills at least 3 in Manila

 

MANILA, March 18 (Reuters) - A fire at a hotel in the Philippine capital killed three people on Sunday and injured nearly two dozen, police and rescue officials said, with two people listed as missing.

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. The death toll had been reduced from four to three, he said.

Two employees of a casino at the hotel were missing and rescue operations were ongoing, Manila Police District spokesman Erwin Margarejo told Reuters.

It was not immediately clear how the fire started. The hotel is owned by Waterfront Philippines Inc.


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Several firemen in a firetruck basket try to avoid heavy smoke at the Waterfront Manila Pavilion building, after a fire broke out at the hotel and casino complex in Manila on March 18, 2018. Four people were killed and 19 feared trapped by a major hotel fire in the Philippine capital Manila on March 18, with others plucked from the rooftop by helicopter, authorities said. / AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
Heavy smoke engulfs the Waterfront Manila Pavilion building, after a fire broke out at the hotel and casino complex in Manila on March 18, 2018. Four people were killed and 19 feared trapped by a major hotel fire in the Philippine capital Manila on March 18, with others plucked from the rooftop by helicopter, authorities said. / AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
Heavy smoke engulfs a firetruck ladder with firemen on board (not visible) at the Waterfront Manila Pavilion building, after a fire broke out at the hotel and casino complex in Manila on March 18, 2018. Four people were killed and 19 feared trapped by a major hotel fire in the Philippine capital Manila on March 18, with others plucked from the rooftop by helicopter, authorities said. / AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
Firemen try to escape from heavy smoke at the Waterfront Manila Pavilion building, after a fire broke out at the hotel and casino complex in Manila on March 18, 2018. Four people were killed and 19 feared trapped by a major hotel fire in the Philippine capital Manila on March 18, with others plucked from the rooftop by helicopter, authorities said. / AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - A fireman stands on top of a firetruck next to heavy smoke at the Waterfront Manila Pavilion building, after a fire broke out at the hotel and casino complex in Manila on March 18, 2018. Four people were killed and 19 feared trapped by a major hotel fire in the Philippine capital Manila on March 18, with others plucked from the rooftop by helicopter, authorities said. / AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
Heavy smoke engulfs the Waterfront Manila Pavilion building, after a fire broke out at the hotel and casino complex in Manila on March 18, 2018. Four people were killed and 19 feared trapped by a major hotel fire in the Philippine capital Manila on March 18, with others plucked from the rooftop by helicopter, authorities said. / AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
Heavy smoke engulfs the Waterfront Manila Pavilion building, after a fire broke out at the hotel and casino complex in Manila on March 18, 2018. Four people were killed and 19 feared trapped by a major hotel fire in the Philippine capital Manila on March 18, with others plucked from the rooftop by helicopter, authorities said. / AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
Firemen climb a truck ladder as they battle a fire that hit the Waterfront Manila Pavilion building, a hotel and casino complex in Manila on March 18, 2018. Four people were killed and 19 feared trapped by a major hotel fire in the Philippine capital Manila on March 18, with others plucked from the rooftop by helicopter, authorities said. / AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
Heavy smoke covers several floors of the Waterfront Manila Pavilion building, after a fire broke out the hotel and casino complex in Manila on March 18, 2018. Four people were killed and 19 feared trapped by a major hotel fire in the Philippine capital Manila on March 18, with others plucked from the rooftop by helicopter, authorities said. / AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
A rescued fireman who was trapped among the heavy smoke whilst battling a fire that hit Waterfront Manila Pavilion building, a hotel and casino complex, is given first aid by colleagues in Manila on March 18, 2018. Four people were killed and 19 feared trapped by a major hotel fire in the Philippine capital Manila on March 18, with others plucked from the rooftop by helicopter, authorities said. / AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
Heavy smoke engulfs the pool side of the Waterfront Manila Pavilion building, a hotel and casino complex, after a fire broke out in Manila on March 18, 2018. Four people were killed and 19 feared trapped by a major hotel fire in the Philippine capital Manila on March 18, with others plucked from the rooftop by helicopter, authorities said. / AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
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(Reporting by Neil Jerome Morales, Peter Blaza, Romeo Ranoco and Manuel Mogato; Writing by Neil Jerome Morales; Editing by Nick Macfie)

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