Philippines mall fire in Davao leaves at least 37 dead

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Fire in a shopping mall in Davao, southern Philippines
Employees of a call centre were trapped on the fourth floor, officials said

At least 37 people are feared to have died in a fire that ravaged a shopping mall in the southern Philippine city of Davao, local officials say.

Firefighters battled for hours to extinguish the blaze that started on Saturday morning on the third floor and spread to the floor above, trapping employees of a call centre.

Their chances of survival were “zero”, a local official was quoted as saying.

President Rodrigo Duterte met the families of the missing at the scene.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known.

Davao lies about 800km (500 miles) south-east of the capital Manila.

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