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Prague, Jan 21 (CTK) – The Saturday fire in a hotel in the Prague centre claimed four lives, including two young foreigners who died instantly and two women who succumbed to their injuries later in the General Teaching Hospital (VFN), its spokesman Michal Schneider told journalists on Sunday.

The foreigners were a German man, 21, and a South Korean woman, 20, Schneider said.

Their identity is not yet known. Cooperating with immigration police, detectives are trying to find it out, Prague police spokesman Jan Danek said.

One woman died on Saturday evening, another on Sunday morning, Schneider said, adding that they choked to death.

There are the Dutch, a Turk and a French among the injured.

On Saturday evening, rescuers found two persons without a trace of life, while another nine people were injured, five of whom seriously. Doctors had to resuscitate four of them.

Ambulance drove four injured to the VFN and others to the Central Military Hospital, the Motol and Vinohrady hospitals.

Doctors have released from hospital some slightly injured people.

Detectives, experts from the Institute of Crime and forensic experts are on the scene, trying to uncover the cause of the fire.

There are over 100 guests in the hotel. At the time of the fire, 34 persons, primarily foreigners, were evacuated by firefighters from it.

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