PGH fire reaches second alarm

Published May 16, 2021, 2:21 AM

by Dhel Nazario

A fire broke out at the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) in Manila early morning on Sunday, May 16.

(Photos from Manila Tondo Fire and Rescue Volunteer Inc./ MANILA BULLETIN)

Initial information from the Bureau of Fire Protection – National Capital Region (BFP-NCR) said that the fire originated from the third floor of the building and reached the first alarm at 12:41 a.m.

Several live videos on social media showed patients and doctors rushing out of the hospital premises. The fire was raised to second alarm at 12:58 a.m.

According to Manila Bulletin photographer Manny Llanes, who was at the fire scene at 2:24 a.m., thick smoke was billowing from the emergency department of the hospital.

There were no flames observed coming from the main PGH building, he added.

Llanes also said no evacuation of patients was seen.

There were also reports that the fire emanated from the electrical room.