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Nearly 180 guests found themselves facing Brussels rainy streets after a fire broke out in the Sofitel Hotel
One guest in hospital
The guests were allowed to go back to their rooms to gather their belongings, but the hotel on Gulden Vlieslaan suffered smoke damage and remained closed until Thursday. Guests were found other hotel rooms nearby.
About 10 of the 179 guests were treated for smoke inhalation. One woman was found unconscious by rescue workers and is in critical condition in hospital. She is in intensive care but is expected to recover.
The cause of the fire appeared to be accidental, though an investigation is underway.
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