World

Hotel fire leaves 12 dead in Georgia's Black Sea resort of Batumi

Hotel fire leaves 12 dead in Georgia's Black Sea resort of Batumi

A fire at the Leogrand Hotel in Batumi, Georgia, killed 11 people, including ten Georgians and one citizen of Iran, the Georgian Interior Ministry reported on Saturday.

Georgian Interior Ministry announced that the victims were 10 Georgian nationals and an Iranian man. Officials said all the 20 contestants, who were reportedly staying in the hotel, were safe, the BBC reported.

The cause of the fire, which has since been put out, is not clear. There was no fire escape, for example.

Around 120 other guests escaped, with some evacuated using cherry pickers and ladders.

More news: UCLA Proclaimed A 'New Era' For The Program After Hiring Chip Kelly
More news: Woman raises more than $120K for homeless man who helped her
More news: "Abuser": Doug Jones's brutal new ad against Roy Moore

Leogrand Hotel is now hosting this year's Miss Georgia contest, but organizers said none of the contestants were injured in fire.

The hotel, which was first opened two years ago and named among the city's best hotels, is owned by Turkish businessman Erol Avgören, who also has hotel investments in Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC).

The country's Prime Minister Georgi Kvirikashvili diverted to Batumi on the way back from an European Union summit instead of travelling to the country's capital Tbilisi after he learned of the fire, according to a post on his official Facebook page.


  • Cool, sunny, and a little breezy for Friday

    Cool, sunny, and a little breezy for Friday

    Temperatures continue to run well-below average for this time of year as cold air continues to fill in from the north. Sunny skies should be with us again Saturday , but it should not be as warm with high temperatures in the upper 60s.
    Akash Dadlani Wants To Leave The Bigg Boss 11 House

    Akash Dadlani Wants To Leave The Bigg Boss 11 House

    A report on Business of Cinema confirms that Hiten has won the captaincy task, as Puneesh chooses Hiten over him. Puneesh on the other hand, is caught between his friendship with Akash and his respectful relation with Hiten.
    I'm A Celebrity's Jack Maynard sorry for 'horrible' tweets

    I'm A Celebrity's Jack Maynard sorry for 'horrible' tweets

    The woman, who is now 20 years old, told the paper: "I think it was just a rookie error for him, he was very immature then. Get Me Out of Here! cut short after The Evening Standard unearthed several inappropriate tweets from his teenage years.
  • Jerry Jones:

    Jerry Jones: "All Owners Should Be Holding Commissioner Accountable"

    All signs point to this talk by Jones remaining positive and inspirational for a team that plays yet again in seven days. The belief that any player - on offense or defense - or coach can turn this around is understandably low however.
    'Padmavati' cleared for United Kingdom  release by BBFC

    'Padmavati' cleared for United Kingdom release by BBFC

    There seems no likelihood of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's beleaguered epic Padmavati being released at all in December. With the way things stand, " Padmavati " is expected to release in early 2018.
    Oscar Pistorius: South African court doubles sentence

    Oscar Pistorius: South African court doubles sentence

    It issued the ruling after the prosecution appealed his previous sentence of six years as too lenient. Pistorius' legal counsel said the claims that his client is not remorseful are false.
  • Black Friday deals in full swing

    Black Friday deals in full swing

    It was regularly priced at $100 but on sale for $39.99, and shoppers with a $20 rebate could get them for $19.99. Many families shopped throughout the night at metro Atlanta stores. "Black Friday is always hands-on", she said.
    Miley Cyrus leaves fans gobsmacked as she debuts 'baby bump'

    Miley Cyrus leaves fans gobsmacked as she debuts 'baby bump'

    What we DO know is that Miley has posted other pix recently, in which she doesn't appear to show any signs at all of a baby bump. Besides that, the Voice coach shared a photo from her childhood which she captioned: " Birthday Mood! ".
    Padmavati protest: Man 'hangs' self from Nahargarh Fort in Jaipur

    Padmavati protest: Man 'hangs' self from Nahargarh Fort in Jaipur

    The police had said that it is early to comment on the matter and the identity of the man has not yet been ascertained. Karni Sena has threatened Bhansali and the protagonist, Deepika Padukoine, with violence.
  • Duterte formally ends peace talks with Reds

    Duterte formally ends peace talks with Reds

    He said the government would continue to "closely watch the developments" to determine if the talks could resume later on. Only then, he said, can the peace negotiations resume.
    Disturbing videos appear on YouTube Kids app

    Disturbing videos appear on YouTube Kids app

    A spokesperson for YouTube said: "There shouldn't be any ads running on this content and we are working urgently to fix this". Some people also questioned why the video hosting giant took so long to tackle the problem.
    Why Christmas trees could be disappearing this year

    Why Christmas trees could be disappearing this year

    Collins' farm is located in Anderson County. "We want to help people to bring a bit of Christmas cheer to the nation". Coan said he usually ships in a few thousand trees from OR and Washington to sell at his six lots around Austin.