Ho­tel fire kills at least 28 peo­ple

Austin American-Statesman - - WORLD & NATION -

BAGHDAD — A fire swept through a ho­tel in a north­ern Iraqi oil boom­town filled with for­eign­ers, killing at least 28 peo­ple as some des­per­ate guests jumped from win­dows to es­cape the flames. At least half of the dead were for­eign­ers, some of whom worked in Iraqi Kur­dis­tan’s oil in­dus­try and mo­bile phone sec­tor. The blaze at the five-story Soma Ho­tel in the city of Su­laimaniyah was likely caused by faulty elec­tri­cal wiring, au­thor­i­ties said.

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