Tamil Diplomat

Tehran fire: Twenty firemen killed as high-rise collapses

At least 20 firefighters were killed when a high-rise building in Tehran caught fire and collapsed, the mayor of the Iranian capital has said.

Two hundred had battled the blaze in the landmark 17-storey Plasco building for several hours before it fell to the ground in a matter of seconds. Another 70 people were injured, 23 of them seriously, in the incident.

Completed in 1962, the building was once Tehran’s tallest and contained a shopping centre and clothing workshops. The cause of the fire is not known, but several officials said managers had been warned about safety issues.(BBC,2017)