Prague hotel fire kills four and injures seven
FOUR people died and seven others were injured in a hotel fire in central Prague last night.
The fire broke out at the Eurostars David hotel, a few meters from the Vltava river and near the National Theater in the Czech capital.
Forty people were evacuated from the smoking building and a rescue operation was still underway on Saturday evening.
A German born in 1996 and a South Korean born in 1997 died instantly.
Nine others, including Dutch, Turks and French, were hospitalized with injuries.
Police said two of the injured, two women, later died. They did not immediately give further details.
Local media earlier reported that several people were seriously injured.
A spokeswoman for the Prague ambulance said: “Three are in serious condition. Two needed lung ventilation.”
It is not clear if these are the same two people who have since died.
The cause of the blaze, which started at 5:00 p.m. GMT, has not yet been established.
Prague Fire Department spokesman Martin Kavka told lidovky.cz on Saturday night: â€œIt’s not burning anymore, but the hotel is still very hot and smoky.
“We’re still looking for people – we’ll be here for several more hours.”
Among the injured, two firefighters fell while trying to enter the 152-room hotel.
The mayor of Prague Adriana Krnacova, who was at the scene, expressed her condolences to the relatives of the victims who have not yet been identified.
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