Georgia: 12 dead in hotel fire

Officials Say 12 Dead In Georgia Hotel Fire

A fire at a luxury hotel in the Georgian Black Sea resort city of Batumi left 11 people dead and 21 others hurt, officials said Saturday, ABC News reports.

The victims all died from inhaling fumes at the 22-storey Leogrand Hotel and casino, regional health minister Zaal Mikeladze said.

The cause of the fire was not clear, but the Interior Ministry suggested that fire regulations had not been adhered to during its construction.

Three Turks and an Israeli were being treated at the Batumi University clinic, spokesman Kakha Chikhradze told Palitra News TV.

The hotel has been scheduled to be a venue for the Miss Georgia beauty contest on Sunday.




Earlier, officials said 12 people had died.

Georgian Interior Ministry announced that the victims were 10 Georgian nationals and an Iranian man.

"The main stairs of the hotel were blocked due to the fire and the hotel visitors were stuck on the seventh floor".

Georgia's Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili announced the government is mourning the tragedy alongside other citizens.

Hundreds of people, including guests and local staff, were evacuated as 13 fire tenders and over 100 firefighters fought the flames.

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