Witness says welding work caused the fire in the Manila Pavilion Hotel

  • A slot machine operator of the casino has claimed that the Manila Pavilion Hotel fire started during a welding work near an escalator
  • The fire started at 9:30 am on Sunday, March 18, at the casino area in the first floor hotel and raged for 25 hours
  • Five casino employees were killed, one worker still in critical condition, and 20 people were injured

The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) said on Monday, March 19, that investigation is still ongoing if the fire at the Waterfront Manila Pavilion that left 5 people dead was indeed caused by a welding work.

A slot machine operator of the casino has claimed that the fire started during welding work being done near an escalator.

“Iyan pong impormasyon na iyan ay hindi kumpirmado… Kailangan po talagang i-verify po natin, masusi at siyentipiko ang ating pangangalap,” fire marshal Superintendent Jonas Silvano told DZMM.

[That information is not yet confirmed. We have to verify it, our investigation should be thorough and scientific.]

The fire was reported to have started at 9:30 am on Sunday, March 18, at the casino area in the first floor of the 22-story Manila Pavilion, and raged for 25 hours.

Five casino employees were found dead and another worker in critical condition, while about 20 people were injured.

Approximately 300 guests and staff of the hotel were evacuated safely. Firefighters were treated after inhaling the smoke, which made their work hard in killing the fire.

“The smoke was so big, so you can just imagine, there was zero visibility and our firefighters had difficulty breathing. Even outside the building there was zero visibility and it was much harder to operate inside,” Silvano reportedly said in another radio interview.

The BFP also probes investigation and check reports from survivors that the sprinklers and alarm system of the 50-year-old hotel did not work.

The BFP declared the fire to be “under control” at 8:00 am of Monday, March 19.

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