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
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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.
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — A fire division official says a fire has broken a hotel which is a historical landmark in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.
Commander Tadesse Gemechu said Sunday two individuals were taken to the hospital right after becoming rescued from the fire at the Taitu Hotel which was constructed in 1907.
Tadesse says the result in of the fire is getting investigated. Numerous of the hotel's rooms, its historic pieces and a bank office had been totally burned down prior to firefighters place out the fire. The city's popular jazz club that employed to be frequented by foreigners and locals alike, Jazz Amba, was also completely destroyed by the inferno.
Addis Ababa's Deputy Mayor Abate Sitotaw mentioned efforts will be produced to restore the Taitu Hotel.