Philippines hotel fire: At least 4 dead, hundreds evacuated

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A fire broke out on Sunday morning at a hotel in Manila, capital of the Philippines, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) in Manila said.

The fire that broke out at the Manila Pavilion Hotel in United Nations Avenue in Ermita started at 9:30 a.m. allegedly in the gaming area at the second floor of the hotel.

It was confirmed Sunday afternoon that one of the victims who were declared dead upon arrival at the hospital was revived, bringing down the official death toll to three.

In a live radio interview, Johnny Yu, Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office director (MDRRMO), said the four fatalities were among the 10 who were rushed to the Manila Doctors' Hospital.

"The smoke is very heavy and, second, there's the wind that we're trying to overcome", Yu said.

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"Our firefighters are having a lot of difficulty".

The fire gutted the casino's mezzanine up to the third floor. Nearby cities were helping put out the blaze, Manila's fire department said.

"This is a major fire".

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

The deadliest in recent years was in suburban Manila where 72 people died in 2015 at a factory which makes rubber slippers. 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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