A Philippine National Police investigator takes photos of Drysden Hotel which caught fire early Friday at Olongapo city, west of Manila, Philippines.(Photo: Jun Dumaguing AP)
MANILA, Philippines -- A fire swept through a hotel in a
Philippine resort city early Friday, killing seven people, including
three Americans, three Filipinos and a South Korean, authorities said.
three American men and the South Korean man were found dead in separate
rooms in the Dryden Hotel, a small two-story tourist hotel in Olongapo
city, a former U.S. naval base west of the capital, Manila, said police
Senior Inspector Gil Arizo Domingo. The bodies of three Filipino women
were found in separate parts of the hotel, he said.
Adjacent bars and another hotel were not affected by the three-hour blaze, which started at around 3 a.m., Domingo said.
building's facade and ground floor are made of concrete, but the second
floor is largely wooden. The cause of the fire was under investigation.
identified one of the Americans as James Brigati of Kodiak, Alaska. The
two others were identified as Patrick Burt and Joseph Valuso, whose
hometowns were not immediately available. The South Korean man was
identified as Kyung Ook Kim of Suwan City.
The victims' ages were not immediately available.
which is about 80 kilometers (50 miles) west of Manila, is a popular
beach destination, especially among American visitors, many of whom are
former service members who were deployed there when the coastal city
hosted one of the largest U.S. bases overseas. The base closed in 1991.