Two dead, several hurt in Prague hotel fire

A photo of the scene posted to Twitter by the authorities. PHOTO: TWITTER

PRAGUE (REUTERS) - Two people died and nine were injured in a fire at a hotel in the centre of Prague on Saturday (Jan 20) night, fire and rescue officials said.

The fire occurred at Eurostars David Hotel, a block away from the Vltava River and near the Czech capital's National Theatre.

Of those hurt, five people were seriously injured, the Prague Emergency Medical Service said.

"Unfortunately, we were not able to help two people," the EMS said on its Twitter.

No other details on the victims were given.

Seznam Zpravy news website reported the hotel has 152 beds.

Rescue officials had earlier said 40 were injured, although Czech media reported that most were treated for smoke inhalation on the spot and not taken to hospital.

The cause of the fire was not clear.

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