A high-rise building in Tehran in fire collapsed killing 30 firefighters

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The fire appeared to be the most intense in the building’s upper floors, where tailors cook for themselves and use old kerosene heaters for warmth in winter. Firefighters battled the blaze for several hours before the collapse. President Hassan Rouhani ordered Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli to investigate and report the cause of the incident as soon as possible. He also ordered to compensate those affected by the disaster. Several embassies are located near the building. Turkey’s state-run news agency, reporting from Tehran, said the Turkish Embassy was evacuated as a precaution, though it sustained no damage in the collapse. The Plasco building was built in 1962 by the prominent Iranian Jewish businessman Habib Elghanian. It was used as a residential and commercial building, with a major shopping center on its ground floor.

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