5 Dec 2016

Pakistan hotel fire traps guests, killing 11

7:06 pm on 5 December 2016

At least 11 people have been killed in a fire at a luxury hotel in the Pakistani city of Karachi.

Injured guests walk around outside the hotel.

Injured guests walk around outside the hotel. Photo: AFP

The fire broke out in a ground-floor kitchen of the Regent Plaza and trapped guests in the upper floors, English-language newspaper Dawn reported.

The hotel has more than 400 rooms.

Video footage shows some guests using a chain of bedsheets to climb down from windows high up in the building.

Guests and emergency services stand around outside the Regent Plaza Hotel after the fire.

Guests and emergency services stand around outside the Regent Plaza Hotel after the fire. Photo: AFP

Citing a senior doctor at the city's biggest hospital, Dawn reported at least 65 people were injured.

It was not clear if any of the victims were foreign tourists.

A Reuters cameraman said the fire had been contained by 9.30am.

Karachi Mayor Waseem Akhtar told reporters the cause of the fire was uncertain.

- Reuters

Firefighters look from a room of the Regent Plaza Hotel in Karachi after the fire was extinguished.

Firefighters look from a room of the Regent Plaza Hotel in Karachi after the fire was extinguished. Photo: AFP

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