MANILA, Philippines (AP) — At least two workers were killed and another was injured Monday when part of a small budget hotel they were demolishing in Manila collapsed, Philippine officials said.
Manila Mayor Francisco Moreno Domagoso helped supervise efforts to locate the two workers with cranes and drones after a portion of Hotel Sogo collapsed for still-unclear reasons.
The hotel has long been closed and was being demolished by several workers when the accident happened. A busy road in Manila’s Malate tourism and entertainment district was closed due to the rescue efforts.
“It’s sad but we can’t do anything, everybody tried their best,” Moreno told reporters, adding rescuers moved rapidly but carefully due to the building’s fragility.
Police are investigating the collapse, which Moreno said prompted him to order guests in an adjacent budget motel to leave the building for safety reasons.