| GEO World|
| 29 people killed in Iraq hotel fire|
| Updated at: 1227 PST, Friday, July 16, 2010|
SULAIMANIYAH: Twenty-nine people, including children, women and foreigners, were killed in a late night fire at a hotel in northern Iraq's Sulaimaniyah city, health and government officials said Friday.
"We have received 29 bodies and 22 people are injured," said Rikot Hama Rasheed, the director of Sulaimaniyah hospital, following the blaze.
A city council official confirmed the death toll and said initial investigations indicated that the blaze, which took seven hours to be brought under control, had been caused by an electrical fault.
"Women and children are among the victims of the incident which happened in the Soma Hotel in the centre of the city," said the official, Razgar Ahmed.
Sulaimaniyah, 270 kilometers (170 miles) north of Baghdad, is capital of one of the three provinces that make up Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region in the north of the country.