A fire broke out at a hotel in the Philippine capital on Sunday, killing four people and trapping several on the fifth floor, a rescue official said.
President Duterte has just attended the Commencement Exercises of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Alab-Tala Class of 2018 in Baguio City this morning until noon when he chose to look into the situation along United Nations Avenue in Manila Sunday afternoon. "Status of fire was raised to fifth alarm as of 10:10 a.m.", said Gordon.
Firemen battle a fire that engulfs the Manila Pavilion Hotel and Casino.
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According to the Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, four people, who had been critically injured during the fire, did not make it to the hospital, Xinhua reported.
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.
A local radio report said at least four "unconscious" people were taken to a hospital.
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Yu said about 20 more people were trapped inside the hotel as rescuers scoured the building.
"They are alive and in constant communication with the rescue team", Uy said. Among the dead were two hotel security guards and a treasury officer, he said.
Employees were seen gasping for air as they rushed out of the hotel, some covering their noses with towels or handkerchiefs. It is located in Manila's main tourist district of Ermita.
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