Philippines: Four killed, 19 feared trapped as fire hits hotel in Manila

Around 300 guests and more than 70 Pagcor employees, who were evacuated from the Manila Pavilion Hotel and Casino as the fire raged through several floors, have all been accounted for, firefighters said.

According to the Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, four people were killed and 19 feared with others plucked from the rooftop by helicopter, authorities 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. "That is our enemy now - the smoke and the wind - which is why our firefighters are having a hard time", Yu told reporters.

Yu said the flames rapidly spread from the second floor, reportedly a casino gaming area, emitting thick smoke that engulfed the hotel and which made it more hard for rescue teams to look for survivors.

A firefighter gestures next to hotel workers on a fire truck ladder after a fire engulfed the Manila Pavilon hotel in Metro Manila, Philippines March 18, 2018.

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

Senior Inspector Crossib Cante, chief of the Manila Bureau of Fire Protection Station 3, said they recovered the body of Jo Cris Sabido last.

Deadly blazes break out regularly in the Philippines, particularly in slum areas where there are virtually no safety standards. Also, in 2017 a fire swept at a shopping mall and a call centre in the southern city of Davo, 38 people were killed.

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