NEW DELHI, February 26 (RIA Novosti) - At least nine
people were injured on Thursday in a fire in a Marriott Hotel
in Pakistan's capital, Islamabad, Pakistani Geo-TV reported.
Witnesses said that an explosion had been heard before the
fire started, according to the report.
Most of the injured are staff and there have been no
reports of deaths.
According to preliminary reports, the fire may have been
started by an explosion in the hotel's boiler, most likely due
to noncompliance with health and safety regulations during
recent remodeling. The blaze is centered on the second floor of
The hotel only recently reopened after repairs to damage
sustained in a September 20 terrorist attack, when a truck
loaded with explosives blew up at the gate without managing to
drive up to the building. Dozens of people were killed in the
attack and the building suffered significant damage.