Multiple dead as fire engulfs hotel in Manila's tourist precinct

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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. Some people had to be resued by a helicopter.

Manila: A fire at a hotel in the Philippine capital killed three people on Sunday and injured almost two dozen, police and rescue officials said, with two people listed as missing.

Four people were rushed unconscious to a nearby hospital but were declared dead on arrival, said Johnny Yu, director of Manila City's disaster risk reduction and management office.

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.

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

The fire gutted the casino's mezzanine up to the third floor.

"PRC now responding to a fire that broke at Manila Pavilion Hotel".

On Sunday afternoon, President Rodrigo Duterte conducted an aerial survey of the fire aboard a helicopter, photos from his aide showed.

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

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

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