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.
Firemen try to put out the blaze that hit the Waterfront Manila Pavilion Hotel and Casino on Sunday, March 18, 2018.
At least 4 died and 6 were injured because of a fire that hit the Manila Pavilion Hotel on Sunday morning, March 18.
The three who died had likely suffocated while another 23 people had been taken to hospital, said Manila city's disaster risk reduction chief, Johnny Yu. The four were declared dead on arrival.
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At least 19 people were unaccounted for, but Mr Yu said that only two, both security camera operators, were confirmed to have been trapped in the hotel and rescuers were trying to reach them.
Maria Orosa Avenue and UN Avenue were closed to traffic due to the thick smoke in the area.
Sen. Richard Gordon, who also heads the Philippine National Red Cross, tweeted that the fire, which broke out at about 9:30 a.m., was raised to fifth alarm at about 10 a.m. A fire broke out Sunday morning at the hotel in Manila, the Bureau of Fire Protection said. Our team dispatched two ambulance units and one fire truck.
Gordon said the PRC also helped in treating the victims on site. The cause of the fire was still unknown.