Georgia: 12 dead in hotel fire

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At least 11 people were killed and 21 others injured as a fire ripped through a hotel in Georgia's Black Sea resort, officials said.

"According to preliminary data, 12 people died in the fire at Batumi's Leogrand hotel".

There were three Turks and an Israeli among the wounded, Batumi University Hospital spokesperson said. Officials said all the 20 contestants, who were reportedly staying in the hotel, were safe, the BBC reported.

Georgia's Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili announced the government is mourning the tragedy alongside other citizens.

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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.

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

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

"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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