POPE FRANCIS DOOM NOVENA DAY ONE! Tehran Highrise Burns 75 Dead Including 45 Firefighters
Well that didn't take long........
Originally posted WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2017
TEHRAN // A high-rise building in Tehran engulfed by a fire collapsed on Thursday, killing at least 30 firefighters and injuring about 75 people. The disaster struck the Plasco building, an iconic structure in central Tehran just north of the capital’s sprawling bazaar. Iran’s state-run Press TV announced the deaths of the firefighters, but gave no source for the information. Iranian state television said 30 civilians were injured in the disaster, while the state-run IRNA news agency said 45 firefighters had been injured.Firefighters battled the blaze for several hours before the collapse. Police tried to keep out shopkeepers and others wanting to rush back in to collect their valuables. The building came down in a matter of seconds, shown live on state television, which had begun an interview with a journalist at the scene. A side of the building came down first, tumbling perilously close to a fireman perched on a ladder and spraying water on the blaze. A thick plume of brown smoke rose over the site after the collapse. Onlookers wailed in grief. Jalal Maleki, a fire department spokesman, earlier said that 10 fire stations responded to the blaze, which was first reported about 8am. Source