Sofia: Fire at Marinela luxury hotel

Written by on July 22, 2017 in Bulgaria - Comments Off on Sofia: Fire at Marinela luxury hotel

A fire broke out in one of Sofia’s most famous luxury hotels on July 22. Firefighters were trying to locate the source and contain the flames in Hotel Marinela, which is the fourth-highest building in Sofia.

Two people were taken to Pirogov Hospital with slight smoke inhalation. Bulgarian television channel bTV reported that they were only slightly injured.

After the first call came in at around 11am, eight fire engines were sent to Hotel Marinela. As a precaution, four ambulances were on site as well.

According to Bulgarian-language reports, it looks like the fire may have started in the sauna. Sauna fires are common occurrences. BTV said that the fire was already extinguished at this stage. But the smoke was still an issue firefighters were working on.

When the alarm started sounding on Saturday morning, twenty people were evacuated from the basement floors of the hotel.

According to hotel staff members, the situation is under control. The 250 guests accommodated at Hotel Marinela, at this stage, can stay.

When it was completed in 1979, the hotel was called Hotel Vitosha New Otani. It had been built by the late Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa. Later, it was known as Kempinski Zografski Hotel. In 2015, the new owner, Vulcho Arabadjiev, renamed it Hotel Marinela.

(Photo: Hotel Marinela)

 

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