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Thursday, 19 January 2017 01:00cat

Tehran’s Plasco building collapses after fire

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Plasco commercial building, an iconic high-rise structure in central Tehran, collapsed following a fire that broke out on the top floors on 8 am local time (Thursday 19/1) and was burning for hours. According to the local media, at least 30 firefighters have been killed, although it is still unclear whether their death was due to the fire or the building’s collapse.  The 17-storey tall structure came down in a matter of seconds and there are fears there could be more people trapped inside.

Plasco tower, which had a shopping center and clothing workshops inside, was built in the early 1960s by Iranian Jewish businessman Habib Elghanian and named after his plastics manufacturing company. It was the tallest building in the city at the time of its construction.

The fire is now under control, fire department spokesperson Jalal Maleki said


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