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Friday, 20 January 2017 - 13:15
At least 20 Iranian firefighters killed in collapse of burning Tehran high-rise tower
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A high-rise building in Tehran engulfed by a fire collapsed on Thursday, killing at least 20 firefighters, Iranian state television quoted the city's mayor as saying on Thursday.

"At least 20 firefighters who were trapped under rubble have died," Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf said. "They are martyrs. They lost their lives when trying to help people."

Qalibaf had earlier said around 25 firefighters were trapped inside the building. State TV said the death toll might increase.

The disaster struck the Plasco building, an iconic structure in central Tehran just north of the capital's sprawling bazaar. Firefighters, soldiers and other emergency responders dug through the rubble, looking for survivors.

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