Fire in hotel on Georgia's Black Sea coast kills 11

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Formal identification of the victims is said to be under way, but an interior ministry statement said one Iranian and 10 Georgians were killed in the blaze.

A fire at a luxury hotel in the Georgian Black Sea resort city of Batumi left 11 people dead and 21 others hurt, officials said Saturday, ABC News reports.

Leogrand Hotel is now hosting this year's Miss Georgia contest, but organizers said none of the contestants were injured in fire. There was no fire escape, for example.

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A fire broke out at Leogrand Hotel in Batumi last evening. According to officials, no participants of the contest, who were staying at the hotel, were injured in the blaze.

Georgia's Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili announced the government is mourning the tragedy alongside other citizens. One hundred guests managed to escape the flames, among them the forty seven Israelis. Batumi Airport serves a domestic airport for Turkey's northeastern provinces.

DHA reported that famous Turkish singer Cengiz Kurtoğlu, who was scheduled to perform in the hotel on Friday night, was also rescued by firefighters.

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