|Three Americans, South Korean, and Filipinas die in Philippine hotel for gogo bars visitors
Three American men and a South Korean were among seven people who died today when a fire razed a hotel in a red-light district near a former US naval base in Philippines, authorities said. The hotel promotes itself to visitors who want to see scantily clad dancers and so-called ‘guest relation officers’ in seedy nightclubs and bars nearby.
The fire occurred before dawn at the budget Dryden hotel in Olongapo, a port city about three hours' drive north of Manila, police said.
Three of the victims were American men, another was a South Korean man and two were Filipinas.
Police said a seventh person, believed to be a Philippine citizen but not yet identified, was also killed.
The Dryden hotel promotes itself on the internet to those who come to Olongapo for the seedy nightlife.
“Nestled right in the middle on the famous nightlife district... a clean budget priced hotel that is internally connected to 5 of the hottest gogo bars in town, the ideal hotel for 'singles’,’’ the hotel's website says.
Olongapo police said hotel building was located in a compound that included several bars.