Hotel fire: Woman guest rushed to hospital
At least one person was reported seriously injured
while several others were hurt and several guests
trapped in a fire at the Great Eastern Hotel in Quezon
City Thursday night.
The fire reached Task Force Charlie as of 10 p.m.
Thursday. QTV-11 television reported that many of
those who were injured suffered cuts after breaking
glass windows to get to safety.
Many guests were forced to go up to the hotel's rooftop
and await rescue there because of the thick smoke.
At least one female guest was reported to have suffocated
and was rushed to the Capitol Medical Center. Rescuers
still could not give an estimate on how many guests
were in the hotel as rescue operations were still
ongoing as of 10 p.m.
"Yung isang guest tumalon mula sa 12th or 14th
floor. Sinalo ko sa 9th floor (One of the guests jumped
from the 12th or 14th floor. It was lucky I caught
the guest at the 9th floor)," said a hotel supervisor
initially identified as Clifford Bangan.
Bangan said the hotel has 20 floors. The sixth and
seventh floors appeared to be affected most in the
fire, he said.
He also insisted the fire exits in the hotel are
It was one of the largest hotel fires in Quezon City
since August 2001, when a fire that hit the Manor
Hotel in Quezon City left more than 70 dead and 100
An investigation showed the six-story Manor Hotel
had no working smoke alarms, and some of the fire
exits were locked or obstructed and there were no
emergency lights or sprinkler systems.
In 1996, 162 people, mainly teenagers, were killed
in a blaze at the Ozone Disco, which had no alarm
systems, emergency lights, sprinkler systems or proper