At least 20 firefighters have been killed, and a further 70 people injured, after a high-rise building caught fire and collapsed, in the Iranian capital, Tehran.
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.