posted on Jul, 16 2010 @ 02:52 AM
At least 40 die as blaze rips through Iraqi hotel
Foreigners, women and children believed to be among the victims
SULAIMANIYAH, Iraq — A fire at a hotel in the northern Iraqi city of Sulaimaniyah killed 40 people, including foreigners, and injured at least 23
others, a hospital source said Friday.
A security official said the fire in Iraq's relatively stable and violence-free Kurdish region was not a terrorist act and the cause was under
The fire, at the Soma Hotel in the central area of the city, began late 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.
"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.
'Not a terrorist act'
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.
The article was just updated.
Not a terrorist act. But nonetheless a sad event that took the lives of innocent children.