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Australian reported among nine dead in Ukraine hotel fire

An Australian woman is reportedly among nine people who have been killed in a fire at a Ukraine hotel.

The nine people died in a fire at the Tokyo Star Hotel in Odesa, Ukraine on Saturday. A further ten people have been injured, according to local outlet Kyiv Postciting state emergency services, with four in critical conditions.

The Mayor of Odesa, Hennadiy Trukhanov, said that a “child”  and an “Australian” citizen are among those killed in the fire.

“A terrible tragedy occurred in Odesa, an emergency: a fire in the Tokyo Star hotel, which took away the lives of nine people, including a child. They are still identifying … we cannot talk about categories because five people have been identified now, including a citizen of Australia [among the dead],” Trukhanov said at a meeting at the city hall on Monday morning, as reported by Kyiv Post.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) told Travel Weekly it is providing consular assistance to the family of an Australian woman who died in Ukraine, but could not comment further due to its privacy obligations.

More than 100 guests were reportedly evacuated from the Tokyo Star Hotel when the fire broke out shortly after midnight, according to the The Sydney Morning Herald.

The fire took firefighters three hours to extinguish, according to state emergency services, Reuters reported.

A further body was discovered in a hotel room by emergency authorities, which raised the initial death-toll of eight to nine lives lost in the tragedy.

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