Print Edition - 2017-01-20  |  World News Digest

Dozens of Iran firefighters ‘trapped’ in building collapse

- Agencies, TEHRAN

Jan 20, 2017-

Dozens of firefighters were feared trapped under the rubble after Iran’s oldest high-rise, the 15-storey Plasco building in downtown Tehran, collapsed live on TV on Thursday following a fire. State television said 200 firefighters had been called to the scene and “tens” may have been inside when the building collapsed. Officials had yet to confirm if anyone had been killed, but the head of Tehran’s emergency services told state TV that at least 70 people had been injured and 23 

hospitalised before and after the building fell. “I think there are about 40 to 50 people still inside,” said Ali, a firefighter at the scene. “I was inside and suddenly I felt the building is shaking and is about to collapse. As we gathered colleagues and got out, a minute later the building collapsed,” he told AFP. Dramatic images showed flames pouring out of the top floors of the building, which dated from the early 1960s and included a shopping centre and clothing workshops, just before it 

came down. 

Published: 20-01-2017 08:50

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