Hotel Fire Kills at Least Three in Philippine Capital

March 18, 2018 Updated: March 18, 2018

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

The fire broke out at the Manila Pavilion Hotel where about 20 people earlier listed as trapped had been evacuated safely, Johnny Yu, chief of the Manila Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office, said. The death toll had been reduced from four to three, he said.

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A helicopter flies over the building to rescue hotel guests and workers who were trapped after a fire engulfed the Manila Pavilon hotel in Metro Manila, Philippines March 18, 2018. (REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco)

Two employees of a casino at the hotel were missing and rescue operations were ongoing, Manila Police District spokesman Erwin Margarejo told Reuters.

It was not immediately clear how the fire started. The hotel is owned by Waterfront Philippines Inc.

By Neil Jerome Morales

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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. (REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco)