Major fire breaks out at Tehran building, no fatalities

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News ID: 36582
Publish Date: 13:01 - 10 March 2019
TEHRAN, Mar 10 - A fire erupted at a five-story residential building in the northern part of the Iranian capital, Tehran, on Saturday but was successfully contained.

Major fire breaks out at Tehran building, no fatalitiesTEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) -The fire was reported at the building, located on the Nelson Mandela Boulevard in the city, late on Saturday local time, IRNA reported.

It broke out at the 20-flat building’s underground story, which houses a sauna and Jacuzzi room.

“Around 60 people were rescued after firefighters intervened,” said Seyyed Jalal Maleki, spokesman for Tehran Municipality’s Firefighting and Security Services’ Department.

The cause of the fire is yet to be determined, he said, adding that thick smoke had engulfed the building, necessitating the rescue operation.

Eight people suffered from smoke inhalation, according to reports.

The firefighting operation ended and the building was rendered safe at 02:00 a.m. local time on Sunday (10:30 p.m. Saturday GMT).

Last February, a fire broke out at one of the buildings of Iran’s Energy Ministry in downtown Tehran. The incident that took place in the nearby Vali-e-Asr Street led to injuries, but no fatalities.

Iran witnessed its most disastrous fire in January 2017, when the 17-story Plasco building, an iconic commercial building and the country’s oldest high-rise, collapsed following an inferno. The blaze, which had been sparked by an electrical short circuit at the ninth floor, killed more than 20 people, mostly firefighters.


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