BATUMI, Georgia – A blaze that broke out at a hotel that had been due to host a beauty pageant in the Black Sea resort city of Batumi has left 11 people dead and 21 others injured, Georgia’s Interior Ministry confirmed to EFE on Saturday.
Among those who lost their lives were 10 Georgian citizens and one Iranian.
Firefighters evacuated about 100 people from the hotel after a fire broke out, among them 20 contestants for the Miss Georgia beauty pageant, set to take place on Sunday.
Those who were injured, among them tourists from Israel and Turkey, were not in serious condition, according to the authorities.
Images released via epa showed emergency teams working at the site of the fire.
According to preliminary information, the fire began on the fourth floor of the 22-story Leogrand Hotel, which belongs to a Turkish company and was built about two years ago.
Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili – who arrived in Batumi from Brussels, where he had been attending a summit between the European Union and six former Soviet republics – promised to punish those responsible.