12 dead in hotel fire — Georgia

Nov 26, 2017, 01:05
12 dead in hotel fire — Georgia

The fire erupted late Friday evening at the Leogrand Hotel and Casino where participants in the Miss Georgia 2017 beauty pageant were having dinner. According to officials, no participants of the contest, who were staying at the hotel, were injured in the blaze. "They are being identified", the ministry said, adding that more than 100 people, including guests and employees, had been evacuated from the burning building.

Among those being treated are three Turks and an Israeli, a spokesman for the Batumi University Clinic said.

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Officials on Saturday (Nov 25) revised down the death toll after initially putting it at 12 people.

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

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Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili said he is horrified with the tragedy that happened in Batumi.

Georgian Interior Ministry announced that the victims were 10 Georgian nationals and an Iranian man. Sending condolences to the families of those who have died in fire, Kvirikashvili thanked fire-fighters for saving hundreds of others' lives.

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Seventeen fire engines, 120 firefighters, and 200 rescue workers were sent at the site, Gakharia added.

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