11 killed in Georgia hotel fire

Posted November 26, 2017

At least 12 people died on November 24 as a fire ripped through a hotel in Georgia's Black Sea resort city of Batumi, officials say.

Dozens of fire-fighting brigades and over 100 fire-fighters have been mobilised in front of Leogrand Hotel where, as eyewitnesses said, a fire broke out in the spa centre.

There were three Turks and an Israeli among the wounded, Batumi University Hospital spokesperson said.

The cause of fire was not immediately clear but authorities blamed fire regulations for the probable accident.

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The hotel has been scheduled to be a venue for the Miss Georgia beauty contest on Sunday. Officials said none of the 20 contestants, who were reportedly staying in the hotel, were injured. "The fire has now been extinguished", the regional interior ministry said in a statement.

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

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım sent a letter of condolence to Georgian Prime Minister Kvirikashvili.

Fire personnel were forced to quickly deploy lifting platforms to save people who were stuck above the point the blaze started.