Twenty Firefighters Killed In Iran Building Collapse

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.

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