3 Americans, 4 others die in Philippine hotel fire

A Philippine National Police investigator takes photos of Drysden Hotel which caught fire early Friday, Jan. 11, 2013 at Olongapo city, a former U.S. naval base, west of Manila, Philippines. The fire swept through the hotel in a Philippine resort city early Friday, killing seven people, including three Americans, three Filipinos and a South Korean, authorities said. AP Photo/Jun Dumaguing

Updated 3:25 a.m. EST Jan. 11, 2013

MANILA, Philippines A fire swept through a hotel in a Philippine resort city early Friday, killing seven people -- three Americans, three Filipinos and a South Korean, authorities said.

The 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.

The 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.

Domingo 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 victims' ages were not immediately available.

Olongapo, which is about 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.

Comments

Watch CBSN Live

Watch CBS News anytime, anywhere with the new 24/7 digital news network. Stream CBSN live or on demand for FREE on your TV, computer, tablet, or smartphone.