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Twelve Dead in Georgia Hotel Fire, Say Officials

26 November, 2017, 01:01 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Georgia's prime minister says an investigation into the causes of the fire

A fire at a hotel in Georgia's Black Sea resort has killed 11 people and injured 21 more, the Georgian interior ministry has said.

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

Three Turkish nationals and an israeli were among those injured, said the spokesman of the university Clinic in Batumi, Kakha Chikhradze, of the information chain Palitra TV News.

The cause of the blaze, which took hours to extinguish, is not clear.

The interior ministry earlier said 12 had died, but later adjusted the figure to 11.




Participants in the Miss Georgia beauty pageant were among the guests of the hostel at the moment. The competitors, who were located at the hotel's spa center when blazes surrounded the hotel, were not among the victims of the fire.

Ten of those killed were Georgians, a police statement said, and the other was a citizen of Iran.

In a later post he offered his condolences the families and promised an investigation to find the fire's causes.

Batumi is about 360 km from Tbilisi, Georgia's capital.

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