Published: Tuesday 20 March, 2018

Manila Pavilion Hotel Fire Reignites; Aguirre Orders NBI Investigation

Part of the Manila Pavilion Hotel was on fire again Tuesday morning. The fire that was put out on Monday morning reignited causing another emergency in the abandoned hotel. The cause of the new fire has not been determined as of this writing.

Manila Pavilion Hotel

Manila Pavilion Hotel Hotel fire at its height on Sunday morning. (GMA Network)

The new fire at Manila Pavilion Hotel was confirmed to the Inquirer by Johnny Yu, director of the Manila Disaster Risk and Reduction Management (MDRRMO). The scope of the new fire and the extent of its damage is yet undetermined.

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Fire broke out at the lower portion of the hotel, which was undergoing renovation, on Sunday morning just before 10:00 AM. The blaze reached fifth alarm and was declared totally out 25 hours later, or at around 11:00 AM of Monday.

Meanwhile, Department of Justice secretary Vitaliano Aguirre III ordered the national Bureau of Investigations (NBI) to probe the Manila Pavilion Hotel fire. In his order, Aguirre tasked the NBI to determine whether or not there are criminal, civil and administrative culpability on the part of the government and of the owners, managers and employees of the Manila Pavilion.

Five persons died in the fire, all of whom were PAGCOR employees. John Mark Sabido and Jocris Banang were CCTV camera operators while Edilberto Evangelista and Marilyn Omadto were treasury officers. The fifth victim was Billy Rey de Castro, a security guard.