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Fire Outbreak in Tbilisi Leaves 2 Dead and 2 Injured

By Tea Mariamidze
Tuesday, December 26
(TBILISI)—Two people have died and two have been transferred to the hospital with severe burnings due to the extensive fire in a flat located at Tsbadze Street, near Dinamo Arena in Didube district.

Doctors say the health conditions of a woman, 58, and a man, 29, are stable. The victims suffer from shock and burning injuries on respiratory tract.

The Emergency Management Agency reports the fire started in the flat on the third floor at around 2 am on December 25. Five fire-fighting brigades were working at the scene to localize the fire.

Georgia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) has launched an investigation of the case.

On December 25, the Rooms Hotel, located in the center of Tbilisi, also became a target of fire outbreak.

Around 15 brigades and 100 firefighters were working at the site. The firefighters managed to evacuate guests and the hotel staff. The fire allegedly started at the top floor of the building, where the ventilation and communication systems are located.

The exact reason of the fire remains unknown. MIA has launched an investigation into the case.

“I cannot make any comments yet, because the cause of fire is unknown. We are lucky that the fire did not cause any casualties,” stated Tbilisi Mayor Kakha Kaladze who arrived at the site on December 25.

Director of the hotel, Valeri Chekheria, said the hotel staff, as well as firefighters, gave a very quick response to the incident and thus, nobody was injured.

“The damage is not big. Only two rooms have been burnt,” he added.

The Deputy Head of the Emergency Management Agency, Davit Gelashvili, says the fire was extinguished soon.

“We think the fire started under the roof but the investigation will find out what the real cause was. Around 180-200 square meters have been burnt due to the fire,” he added.