Thursday 22 August 2019

Eleven killed in fire at luxury hotel in Georgia's Black Sea resort

The fire broke out at a hotel in Georgia
The fire broke out at a hotel in Georgia
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Eleven people have been killed and 21 others hurt in a fire at a luxury hotel in the Georgian Black Sea resort city of Batumi, officials said.

The fire erupted late on Friday evening at the Leogrand 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.

All 20 participants escaped unhurt using a fire escape ladder, it said. At least 100 other guests and employees also escaped.

The ministry reported that among the 21 injured there was one Israeli and 12 Turkish nationals.

The cause of the fire was not immediately clear.

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