Hotel fire leaves 22 injured in northern Colombia

BOGOTA, Aug. 12 (Xinhua) -- A total of 22 people, including 16 police officers, were injured after a fire broke out in a hotel in the northern Colombian city of Barranquilla on Thursday night, local authorities said Friday.

The fire department ruled out that the blaze, which started about 10:00 p.m. local time, was the result of an attack and instead said it was caused by a short circuit.

Deputy commander of the Barranquilla Fire Department Lieutenant Cesar Fonseca said that the fire was brought under control during the early hours of Friday morning.

"A terrorist attack has been ruled out. Apparently there was a short circuit in an electrical extension that we are still verifying," he said.

Members of the police were staying at the hotel in the Caribbean city, according to the fire department.

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