Fire at Batumi Leogrand Hotel caused by violation of fire-safety standards, investigation reveals

25 Mar 2018 - 12:36

  • Building of the Georgian Chief Prosecutors Office in Tbilisi; Photo by N. Alavidze /, 25 Mar 2018 - 12:36, Tbilisi,Georgia

Two people may face detention for violating safety standards that caused a fire at the Leogrand Hotel in Batumi last November.

Without releasing their exact names, the Georgian Prosecutor’s Office demanded the detention of Turkish citizen P. I. who was the technical manager of the hotel and Georgian citizen G. M., a staff member of the technical storage team.

The investigation has revealed that the technical manager of Leogrand Hotel P. I. and the person responsible for technical storage G. M. did not fulfil their duties to ensure fire-safety standards at Leogrand Hotel”, the prosecutor’s office said.

In particular, the prosecutor’s office said the easily inflammable stuff that was placed in the technical storage room helped intensify the fire that broke out in the room and caused strong smoke in the building at around 8pm on November 24.

Moreover, the hotel did not have the relevant safety standards, as it was not equipped with the automatic fire and smoke alarms systems to avoid the tragic consequences.

Eleven people died and 21 were injured at the hotel in Georgia's seaside town of Batumi. Ten of them were Georgian citizens and one was Iranian.

Investigation of the case continues. If found guilty, the two could face 5 - 8 years of imprisonment.