The International Information Center for Structural Engineers

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.