A four-hour blaze gutted the control tower and terminal building of Manila airport on Saturday (22 January), killing seven people and injuring at least another 23.
GV Smoke billowing form terminal
LV Helicopter hovering near roof
SV Fire truck
LV Helicopter lowers rescue worker
SV Rescue workers on roof of terminal wing
SCU Covered body on stretcher (2 shots)
SCU Marcos talks to officials (2 shots)
LV Control tower
LV Jumbo jet on tarmac
SV Passengers waiting (2 shots)
GV Smoke out of building
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Background: A four-hour blaze gutted the control tower and terminal building of Manila airport on Saturday (22 January), killing seven people and injuring at least another 23. American Air Force helicopters lowered rescue workers on to the roof in an effort to control the blaze.
Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos inspected the damaged building, which was built in 1961, and ordered an immediate investigation into the cause of the fire. The damage was estimated at about 200 million Pesos -- more than 13 million Pounds Sterling.
SYNOPSIS: The casualties were quickly removed.
President Ferdinand Marcos went to the scene to inspect the damage. He ordered an immediate investigation into the fire which broke out early in the morning. He'd been told that the fire had started while an inventory was being carried out inside the terminal.
It won't be until the middle of the week that normal operations are fully resumed at the airport. Much of the communication and navigation installations were put out of action in the fire.