IN PHOTOS: Fire engulfs Manila Pavilion hotel

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 18 2018 05:33 PM | Updated as of Mar 18 2018 08:52 PM

MANILA - A fire broke out at a hotel in the capital's Ermita district on Sunday, killing 3 people and trapping several on the fifth floor, a rescue official said.

About 20 people were trapped in the Manila Pavilion Hotel, Johnny Yu, chief of the Manila Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office, told DZMM. 

"We have reports coming in from the Bureau of Fire Protection that they saw from the fifth floor 19 to 20 trapped victims but they are alive," Yu said.

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

Browse through this gallery for photos of the deadly blaze. 

Fire at the Waterfront Manila Pavilion Hotel on UN Avenue in Manila on Sunday. ABS-CBN News

Fire at the Waterfront Manila Pavilion Hotel on UN Avenue in Manila on Sunday. Larry Monserate Piojo, ABS-CBN News

Fire at the Waterfront Manila Pavilion Hotel on UN Avenue in Manila on Sunday. ABS-CBN News

Fire at the Waterfront Manila Pavilion Hotel on UN Avenue in Manila on Sunday. ABS-CBN News

Fire at the Waterfront Manila Pavilion Hotel on UN Avenue in Manila on Sunday. ABS-CBN News

Fire at the Waterfront Manila Pavilion Hotel on UN Avenue in Manila on Sunday. Basilio H. Sepe, ABS-CBN News

Fire at the Waterfront Manila Pavilion Hotel on UN Avenue in Manila on Sunday. Basilio H. Sepe, ABS-CBN News

Fire at the Waterfront Manila Pavilion Hotel on UN Avenue in Manila on Sunday. Joselito H. Sepe, ABS-CBN News

Fire at the Waterfront Manila Pavilion Hotel on UN Avenue in Manila on Sunday. Basilio H. Sepe, ABS-CBN News

Fire at the Waterfront Manila Pavilion Hotel on UN Avenue in Manila on Sunday. Larry Monserate Piojo, ABS-CBN News

With a report from Reuters