Georgia fire: Black Sea resort hotel blaze leaves 11 dead

  • Georgia fire: Black Sea resort hotel blaze leaves 11 dead

Georgia fire: Black Sea resort hotel blaze leaves 11 dead

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.

Local reports suggested the blaze may have begun in the hotel's spa before spreading.

Georgian Interior Ministry announced that the victims were 10 Georgian nationals and an Iranian man.

Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili said he is horrified with the tragedy that happened in Batumi.

All those who perished had died after inhaling fumes, the regional health minister, Zaal Mikeladze, said.

Twenty one people were hospitalised, mostly with carbon monoxide poisoning, and were in a stable condition, it added.

A woman is helped to safety from the hotel.

He stressed that the investigation will reveal the causes of the fire and all the responsible persons will be punished according to the law.

Seventeen fire engines, 120 firefighters, and 200 rescue workers were sent at the site, Gakharia added.

The fire erupted late Friday evening at the Leograd hotel where participants in the Miss Georgia 2017 beauty pageant were having dinner, Russia's TASS news agency quoted the Georgian Interior Ministry as saying.