Americans, South Korean dead in Olongapo fire


MANILA, Philippines—Three Americans and a South Korean man were among six people who died on Friday when a fire razed a small hotel near a former US naval base in the Philippines, police said.

Six bodies, also including those of two women, were recovered after a pre-dawn blaze swept through the Dryden hotel in the entertainment district of the northern port city of Olongapo, local police said.

In a short statement, police said three of the victims were American men, and another was a South Korean. The bodies of the two women were not immediately identified.

City civil defence chief Angelito Layug said the three Americans may have belonged to the “fairly large” population of retired American servicemen who live in and around Olongapo.

Many settled there after the US military pulled out of the nearby Subic Naval Base in 1991, Layug said.

Layug said the hotel was owned by a retired American serviceman.

Originally posted: 11:04 am | Friday, January 11th, 2013

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  • asarin

    which hotel is this?

  • John

    These are hotels that cost 500 pesos a night….still made of timber, patronized by foreigners who visit the country on a shoestring with desires to sleep with native women

  • Republika Pilipinas

    It’s more fun in the Philippines!

  • i_am_filipino

    There should be at least a water sprinkler and a fire extinguisher in each room. Some buildings renewed their fire safety certificate without thorough checking and or lacking of equipment.

  • droccu

    What are the names of the hotels? This basic information should be part of any news report.

  • Barak_O

    nag aapoy sa init si grampa

  • DakuAkongUtin

    Banat ng banat. Yang mga aircondition unit s pa nila ay halos luma at electrical wirings ay luma na rin. Pati mga foreigners ay mahilig maninigarelyo at magkakantotan at lasinggong tulog. RIP sa mga nawalan….

    • Noel

      Sino iyon dalawang babaeng namatay din?  Alam niyo na kung sino sila.

  • JanofVA

    Entertainment district???  That’s a biglang yuko, sabay yuko type hotel…in short a brothel.  RIP to those who passed away.

  • DakuAkongUtin

    That place is a rat’s haven of drugs, perverts, alcohol and sex . Bad luck cometh to those engage in such activities.

  • Platypus09

    Charge those owners of this establishment for violating safety issues. Or send them to jail for life for total neglect of safety standards.

    Am sure local officials are guilty as well for allowing these owners to operate without following safety guidelines, or simply operating “corruption” in their areas.

    May they rest in peace.

    But shame to the negligent and guilty government officials.

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