12 dead in hotel fire — Georgia

Leogrand Hotel

Russia's TASS news agency quoted the government sources as saying that the Miss Georgia 2017 participants were having dinner at the Leogrand hotel when the fire erupted late Friday. All 20 participants escaped unhurt using a fire escape ladder, officials said.

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

Eleven people died and 21 were injured, the ministry reported.

More than 100 guests are said to have fled the building as the fire took hold.

Batumi fire
TWITTER EVACUATED Firefighters desperately tried to save guests in the hotel

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

The country's Prime Minister Georgi Kvirikashvili diverted to Batumi on the way back from an European Union summit instead of travelling to the country's capital Tbilisi after he learned of the fire, according to a post on his official Facebook page.

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

The cause of the fire that broke out at the Leogrand Hotel Casino on the Black Sea is still unknown.


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