Fire in Northern Iraq hotel kills 40

A fire at a hotel in the northern Iraqi city of Sulaimaniya killed 40 people, including foreigners, a health department official said.

Fire in Northern Iraq hotel kills 40

 

At least 40 people were killed in a hotel fire in the northern Iraq city of Sulaimaniya, a hospital source said on Friday.

Another 23 people were injured in the fire at the Soma Hotel in the central area of the city, the source said.

The fire, at the Soma Hotel in the central area of the city, raged out of control for several hours, officials said.

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"This is not a terrorist act. Most probably it was due to an electrical fault," said Qader Hama-Jan, a local security official.

The fire, at the Soma Hotel in the central area of the city, began late on Thursday and raged out of control for several hours. At least three of the victims died jumping from the third floor to escape the flames, an official said.

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"Most of the people who were killed were choked because of the smoke. They could not get out," said Dr. Reqot Hama-Rasheed, head of the health department in the city.

A source at the city's emergency hospital said the death toll was 40, with another 23 people injured.

Women and children were among the casualties.
 

Reuters
 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 16 Temmuz 2010, 16:12
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