30 FIREFIGHTERS KILLED IN HIGH RISE FIRE COLLAPSE IN IRAN
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A high-rise building in Tehran engulfed by a fire has collapsed, killing at least 30 firefighters and injuring 75 others, state media reports. The disaster on Thursday struck the Plasco building, a historic structure in central Tehran just north of the capital’s sprawling bazaar. Firefighters battled the blaze for several hours before the collapse.
The building went down in a matter of seconds, and was shown live on state television, which had begun an interview with a journalist at the scene. A side of the building came down first, tumbling perilously close to a firefighter perched on a ladder and spraying water on the blaze. A thick plume of brown smoke rose over the site after the collapse.
Jalal Maleki, a fire department spokesman, earlier told Iranian state television that 10 firehouses responded to the blaze, which was first reported about 8am (3.30pm AEDT). The 17-storey tower was built in the early 1960s by Iranian Jewish businessman Habib Elghanian and named after his plastics manufacturing company.
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VIDEO OF THE COLLAPSE: http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/01/19/506842/Iran-Tehran-fire-Plasco
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