12 killed in hotel inferno in Georgia's Black Sea city

Marie Harrington
November 26, 2017

Around 150 fire-fighters and 200 Police officers have been mobilized at the hotel Leo Grand in Georgia's Black Sea coastal city Batumi, where the extensive fire killed 12 people, 10 among them are said to be Georgians.

"Twelve people died of carbon monoxide intoxication" at the 22-storey Leogrand hotel, the regional health minister Zaal Mikeladze told journalists, AFP reported. Officials said all the 20 contestants, who were reportedly staying in the hotel, were safe, the BBC reported.

Eleven people died and 21 injured during yesterday's fire in Batumi.

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

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Georgia's Interior Ministry said the injured had been taken to hospital.

Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili, who stopped off in Batumi on his way back from a trip to Brussels, said that those responsible for the disaster would be severely punished.

The fire started late on Friday on one floor of the Leogrand hotel and spread quickly.

More than 100 guests and employees were evacuated after the fire, of which the cause remains unknown.

Other reports by TheSundaySentinel

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