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

Firefighters douse water after a fire engulfed the Manila Pavilon hotel in Metro Manila Philippines

Firefighters douse water after a fire engulfed the Manila Pavilon hotel in Metro Manila Philippines

Authorities initially said four people had died but later clarified that one victim had been revived in hospital, according to Metro Manila Development Authority acting chief Jojo Garcia.

Two firemen who ran out of oxygen while searching for trapped employees are lowered to safety following a fire that engulfs the Manila Pavilion Hotel and Casino, in Manila, Philippines on Sunday.

Earlier reports suggested that the four injured were "unconscious" when rushed to the hospital.

The third, Marilyn Omadto, assistant treasury officer, was identified by Carmelita "Twinkle" Valdez, assistant vice president for corporate communications of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) in a press briefing.

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.

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Incident commander Johnny Yu told media Sunday afternoon that emergency operations were still ongoing.

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.

Motorists have been advised to avoid the roads leading to the hotel - UN Avenue, Maria Orosa and Kalaw Avenue.

Fire crews battle a fire at the Manila Pavillion Hotel on Sunday.

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