At least 12 people died and 27 were injured in a fire that gutted a four-storey tourist hotel in Amsterdam's city centre early on Monday morning (9 May).
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Background: At least 12 people died and 27 were injured in a fire that gutted a four-storey tourist hotel in Amsterdam's city centre early on Monday morning (9 May). The fire swept through the 120-bed hotel and then spread to an adjoining bookshop.
SYNOPSIS: No identifications of the dead had been released by Monday evening (9 May) and many of the guests came from Sweden and Spain, but there were also several Americans and Britons. Police said at least two of the victims had fallen to their deaths.
A police spokesman told newsmen afterwards that about 105 guests were sleeping in the hotel when the fire broke out. Firemen were still searching the blackened rubble of the building on Monday evening, so the death toll could rise. Many guests were still unaccounted for.
At one point part of the hotel collapsed, badly damaging three fire engines. An ambulance rushing injured guests to hospital also overturned shortly after leaving the scene and burst into flames, but no one was hurt.
The exact cause of the fire has not been released. But officials believe it could have started in a furniture showroom on the ground floor of the hotel.