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At Least 11 Die in Pakistan Hotel Fire, 75 Injured


A foreign guest carrying her belongings as she leaves after a fire erupted in a hotel early morning in Karachi, Pakistan, Dec. 5, 2016.

A fire at a luxury hotel in Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi has killed 11 people.

Officials say the fire erupted in the Regent Plaza Hotel's ground-floor kitchen Monday.

Local media say 75 people were injured in the blaze.

Karachi Mayor Waseem Akhtar said the cause of the fire could not be immediately determined.

Television footage of the fire showed guests at the hotel using bedsheets to climb down from windows.

A survivor told a local TV station that guests were sleeping when the fire broke out.

Chief Fire Officer Tehseen Siddiqui said although the blaze was not very intense and was contained early, smoke continued to circulate inside the hotel because the air conditioning system remained active. He said there was no exhaust system inside the hotel and "most people suffocated to death."

Regent Plaza Hotel, in Karachi, Pakistan
Regent Plaza Hotel, in Karachi, Pakistan