High-rise horror as Tehran building collapses killing dozens of firefighters

High-rise horror as Tehran building collapses killing dozens of firefighters
By Christopher Cummins with AGENCIES
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A shopping mall collapses in central Tehran killing dozens of firefighters


A high-rise shopping mall in central Tehran has collapsed after being engulfed in flames.

The mayor of Tehran,Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, said “At least 20 firefighters who were trapped under rubble have died.”

A shopping complex built in early 60s in central Tehran collapses due to heavy fire.#Plasco#پلاسکوpic.twitter.com/pPAMVPGnZg

— Sattar Saeedi (@SattarSaeedi) January 19, 2017

Emergency services were battling the blaze at the Plasco building, at around 8am local time when the 17-storey structure plummeted to the ground within seconds.

Those that perished were buried by the falling masonry.

Aerial shot of Tehran's Plasco building on fire before it collapsed. #Iran#پلاسکوpic.twitter.com/M0veOS6HOi

— Hanif Zarrabi-K. (@hanifzk) January 19, 2017

Witnesses and those fighting the fire looked on in horror as the construction collapsed and plume of thick brown smoke and dust rose above the debris.

Reports indicate that scores of people have been injured.

Fire destroys high-rise building and killed at least 30 #firefighters in #Tehran#Iran#AA#Plasco#fire#collapsepic.twitter.com/zToXFchRHm

— Anadolu Images (@anadoluimages) January 19, 2017

The Plasco building was erected in the early 60s by Iranian Jewish businessman Habib Elghanian and named after his plastics manufacturing company.

The Iranian military are on the scene helping in the search for victims and survivors.

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