Eleven killed by fire at resort hotel in Georgia

12 died dozens injured in fire at Leogrand Hotel in Batumi

Officials Say 12 Dead In Georgia Hotel Fire

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.

Russia's TASS news agency quoted the government sources as saying that the Miss Georgia 2017 participants were having dinner at the Leogrand hotel when the fire erupted late Friday.

More than a hundred firefighters and other personnel scrambled to the Leogrand Hotel & Casino in the center of Batumi after fire broke out at around 8pm, local time.

Georgian Interior Minister Giorgi Gakharia and Deputy Healthcare Minister Zaza Sopromadze have also left to Batumi. An Iranian man was among the dead.

Among those being treated are three Turks and an Israeli, a spokesman for the Batumi University Clinic said, but there was no word on the nationalities of those killed.

Prime Minister Georgi Kvirikashvili offered his condolences the families and promised an investigation to find the fire's causes.

The hotel, which was first opened two years ago, is owned by Turkish businessman Erol Avgören.

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