Twelve Dead in Georgia Hotel Fire, Say Officials

26 November, 2017, 01:09 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • 25 Nov 2017- 20:06:00

In recognition of the dozens of people who died during the fire at Leogrand Hotel in Georgia's seaside town of Batumi last night, November 27 has been declared as a day of mourning.

"Twelve people died of carbon monoxide intoxication" at the 22-storey Leogrand hotel, the regional health minister Zaal Mikeladze told journalists, AFP reported.

The cause of fire was not immediately clear but authorities blamed fire regulations for the probable accident.

"Sixteen trucks and hundreds of firefighters fought the fire (...) now off", said the regional ministry of the Interior in a press release, stating that "the thick smoke hinders evacuation" of customers still present in the hotel.

Officials Say 12 Dead In Georgia Hotel Fire
Georgia: 12 dead in hotel fire

The statement also said that those injured were taken to hospital in a stable condition.

The fire erupted late Friday evening at the Leograd hotel where participants in the Miss Georgia 2017 beauty pageant were having dinner, Russia's TASS news agency quoted the Georgian Interior Ministry as saying.

Most of the guests being treated for injuries are said to be Turkish and Israeli. Officials said none of the 20 contestants, who were reportedly staying in the hotel, were injured.


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