17 story Plasco building. Tehran. Iran.
Reuters reported that Tehran Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf was quoted by a state-run TV outlet that “about 25 firefighters are trapped inside and rescue teams are trying to get them out.”
At least 20 firefighters have died after a major commercial building in Iran’s capital, Tehran, collapsed following a huge fire, according to the city’s mayor.
The confirmation of the death toll by Iranian politician Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf came after conflicting casualty reports earlier on Thursday, with some state media outlets initially reporting dozens of deaths but later backtracking.
Reuters also cited state TV as saying at least 75 people, including 45 firefighters, had been injured.
Local media said that more than 200 firefighters were on the scene at the time of the building’s collapse.
Eghbal Shkeri, a senior official from Tehran’s city council, said previous warnings in regards to the building’s safety had been ignored. “Repeated warnings had been given about the building and its fire control system was very weak,” he said, according to the state-run Iribnews.ir.