Sunday, January 11, 2015

Ethiopia's first hotel goes ablaze


The wooden structures of the two-story hotel, built in 1898, engulfed in fire from the inside as firefighters are trying to put it out

World Bulletin/News Desk

Itegue Taitu Hotel, Ethiopia’s first ever hotel, has gone ablaze, with no casualties reported, an Anadolu Agency correspondent reported Sunday.

The wooden structures of the two-story hotel, built in 1898 according to its official web page, engulfed in fire from the inside as firefighters are trying to put it out, according to the reporter.

No details have so far come out from the Addis Ababa firefighting department or police on the cause of the fire.

The hotel was named after late Empress Taitu Bitul, the wife of Emperor Menelek  II - the king of Ethiopia who founded Addis Ababa as the seat of government.

The decades-old hotel is situated at the heart of Addis Ababa, an area which is locally known as Piazza and boats few other historic buildings.
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