Atlanta, November 25: A massive fire broke out in a hotel which took lives of 12 and dozens were injured. Fire broke out in Georgia’s Black Sea resort city of Batumi. More than 100 people were evacuated from the hotel by emergency services.
“Twelve people died of carbon monoxide intoxication” at the 22-storey Leogrand hotel, the regional health minister Zaal Mikeladze told. “Ten people were hospitalised, mostly with smoke inhalation injuries. They all are in a stable condition,” he added.
Three Turks and an Israeli were being treated at the Batumi University clinic, spokesman Kakha Chikhradze told
The hotel was due to host the Miss Georgia beauty pageant on Sunday. Officials said none of the 20 contestants, who were reportedly staying in the hotel, were injured.
Georgia's Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili has ordered for deep investigation into the fire's cause. The Prime Minister diverted to Batumi on the way back from a 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.
In a later post he offered his condolences the families and promised an investigation to find the fire's causes.