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

Geneva Matthews
November 26, 2017

In recognition of the dozens of people who died during the fire at Leogrand Hotel in Georgia's seaside town of Batumi last night, November 27 has been declared as a day of mourning.

The victims all died from inhaling fumes at the 22-storey Leogrand Hotel and casino, regional health minister Zaal Mikeladze said.

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

The cause of the fire, which has since been put out, is not clear. However, Russian TASS news agency reported that all 20 participants escaped unhurt using a fire escape ladder.

More than 100 guests and employees were evacuated after the fire, of which the cause remains unknown.

Formal identification of the victims was under way, but an Interior Ministry statement said one Iranian and 10 Georgians were killed in the blaze.

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

"The main stairs of the hotel were blocked due to the fire and the hotel visitors were stuck on the seventh floor".

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