Hotel blaze kills six in Philippines


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

Six bodies, also including those of two women, were recovered after a predawn 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.

“This area has a fairly large population of retired American servicemen,” he said.

Carlo Elepong, an aide to Layug, described one of the victims as a man in his 80s, but the authorities declined to release the guest list.