After the fire broke out at Centre Hotel in Sofia, an ambulance and fire trucks quickly arrived at the spot to handle the situation. It was reported that the fire broke out on the hotel’s third floor. The people also heard an explosion when flames came out from the window. A woman died during the incident, and two children aged twelve years and one year, 7 seven months. Their condition is stable and out of danger. The woman’s identity is verified.
The injured people were transferred to Pirogov hospital and the nearby Military Medical Academy. Two older men aged around 67 were also injured; their condition is more critical due to getting gassed by fire.
After being gassed in the fire at the Central hotel, two people, a 21-year-old woman and a 32-year-old man, were taken to the Emergency Toxicology Clinic of the Academy of Medical Sciences. The patients are out of danger and in good health.
The cause of the fire is still unknown, and the explosion was considered as someone did it intentionally. There are many foreign visitors in the hotel, including Russians and people from the Arab region. The hotel has 70 rooms in an eight-story building, and every one of them was occupied. The entire third level has been evacuated, and just a portion of it is currently safe to use. At a briefing, Commissioner Lyubomir Barov, deputy head of the Metropolitan Fire Department, stated that people have been housed in the hotel’s restaurant, provided with towels and water, and evaluated by medical teams.
Traffic has been stopped near the Central hotel at the intersection between “Todor Aleksandrov” and “Hristo Botev” boulevards. The area is cordoned off. The investigation is under process, and no one is allowed to enter the region. There are also investigators from the SDVR on the spot trying to understand the actual cause of the fire.