2 dead after raging fire at Russia hotel

Sept. 22 (UPI) — Witnesses said they were part of a terrorizing emergency at a 10-story Russian hotel this week, when a raging fire broke out and sent guests running for their lives.

Officials said the fire erupted at the hotel in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, on Wednesday — starting on an upper floor.

Two people died and several were hurt. The blaze blackened nearly the entire exterior of the hotel.

Witnesses said they saw at least five children jumping out of second-floor windows into the arms of rescuers. More than 400 people — 61 of them children — safely evacuated the Torn House hotel.

Fifty firefighters and 19 engines were sent to fight the flames. The blaze destroyed four cars that were parked near the building.

A government official said the two dead, a man and a woman, were both hotel employees.

Another official said the cladding on the building was made of “very flammable material containing toxic elements.”

Wednesday’s was the second fire in Rostov-on-Don, located on the Black Sea in southern Russia, in as many months. One person died last month when a fire destroyed more than 100 residential buildings.


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