MANILA - (UPDATED) At least 5 people have died in a blaze at the Waterfront Manila Pavilion, a hotel-casino complex in the capital's Ermita district, authorities confirmed Monday.
The death toll rose after the remains of a CCTV operator were found in the hotel's gaming area, the Manila Pavilion management and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) told reporters.
The 4 other fatalities were PAGCOR employees. Their families will receive P100,000 in aid, said PAGCOR chairperson Andrea Domingo.
The gaming regulator said it was still verifying the condition of a 6th victim who was initially declared dead and revived by doctors.
Twenty-four others were brought to the hospital after having difficulty breathing, while some 190 were accounted for, the Bureau of Fire Protection said.
The BFP put out the blaze at 10:56 a.m., some 25 hours after it began on Sunday morning. The bureau was investigating the fire's cause and reports that the 50-year-old hotel's sprinkler and alarm system did not work.
Deadly blazes break out regularly in the Philippines, particularly in slum areas where there are virtually no safety standards.
The deadliest in recent years was in Valenzuela City where 72 people died in 2015 at a factory which makes rubber slippers.
In the southern city of Davao, 38 people were killed in December by a fire that ravaged a shopping mall and a call center.
With reports from Lyza Aquino and Raffy Santos, ABC-CBN News; Agence France-Presse