Hotel fire leaves 12 dead in Georgia's Black Sea resort of Batumi

Officials Say 12 Dead In Georgia Hotel Fire

Officials Say 12 Dead In Georgia Hotel Fire

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

A picture taken on November 24, 2017 shows a general view of the Leogrand hotel in Georgia's Black Sea resort city of Batumi.

Formal identification of the victims is said to be under way, but an interior ministry statement said one Iranian and 10 Georgians were killed in the blaze.

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The hotel was set to host the Miss Georgia beauty contest tomorrow (Sunday) and all twenty contestants who were staying at the hotel managed to escape unharmed. The competitors, who were located at the hotel's spa center when blazes surrounded the hotel, were not among the victims of the fire. Forty-seven Israelis were reportedly vacationing there at the time and one was slightly injured from inhaling the smoke.

Around 120 other guests escaped, with some evacuated using cherry pickers and ladders.

Investigation of the case has been launched under article #243 of the Criminal Code that considers violation of fire-safety standards.

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