Friday, January 20, 2017

Tehran High-Rise Collapse: !آتش! آتش - Atash! Atash! - But! - The wrong Firefighters! | Iran Fire - Last Update: 5:24 AM 1/20/2017

Update: 5:24 AM 1/20/2017 

(The emphasis as underlined below, is mine - M.N.): 

Iran Fire 

by Nasser Karimi / AP

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(TEHRAN, Iran) — Rescue teams worked through the night to try and reach trapped firefighters and other victims after a commercial building collapsed in Iran’s capital and killed at least 30 firefighters.
Scores of workers and dozens of trucks were searching the ruins Friday, a day after a historic high-rise building in the heart of Tehran caught fire and later collapsed.
The building was home to more than 500 garment and clothing workshops, their offices and warehouses, and was full of chemical materials, authorities said. Thursday’s disaster stunned the city and firefighters and others openly wept on the streets, holding each other for support. Dozens of people lined up to donate blood.
“The smoke is a sign of continuation of the fire under the rubble,” said Saeed Sharifizadegan, head of Tehran’s fire department.
Workers were digging several tunnels from buildings next door to reach the basement of the collapsed building. Teams of rescue dogs were at the site, too.
Meanwhile, reports said Behnam Mirzakhani, one of the hospitalized firemen, died from severe injuries in a Tehran hospital.
A total of 84 people were injured with only five of those were hospitalized, said Pirhossein Kolivand, head of the country’s emergency department.
Amir Mohammadi, a retired teacher who lives in a nearby neighborhood, said he couldn’t sleep the entire night out of worry.
“How can I go to bed, all those who trapped are like my sons,” he said. “Maybe some of them were my students.”
Ghasem Rahmani, 63, who owned a shop in the building, stood at Lalehzar junction, a nearby intersection.
“Until the collapse I was worrying about my belongings,” he said. “Now I am worrying about our sons there. (I) feel guilty.”
Authorities described the building as having a weak structure and it was built more than five decades ago. The fire was the worst in Tehran since a 2005 blaze at a historic mosque killed 59 worshipers and injured nearly 200 others.

Published on 1/19/17, 8:55 AM

Iconic Plasco building collapses in Tehran after massive fire 
Published on Jan 19, 2017
Some 30 Iranian firefighters were killed after a high-rise commercial building engulfed by fire collapsed in Tehran, according to state TV. Dozens of people are reported injured. 


Tehran High-Rise Collapse: !آتش! آتش - Atash! Atash! 

But! - The wrong Firefighters!  Hopefully, the chief of the local Firefighting Department will get the message and will save the rest of his men! Unless their self-sacrificial need to worship the deadly fire is irresistible, and with the results irreversible. 

Consult Zarathustra! The higher you rise, the more painful it is to fall, that what he said. And he also said: Fight fire with fire! 

High quality, high-resolution picture on this video above is from RT (for a change, finally!), it deserves the Oscar for the historical documentary, and, hopefully, (Attention, The Oscar Awards Committee: "Iconic Plasco" - "Pl. ask Co.") the Oscar is due, methinks (humbly, as always). 


(The emphasis as underlined below, is mine - M.N.): 

Collapse of Burning Tehran High-Rise Kills 30 Firefighters 


A high-rise building in Tehran engulfed by a fire collapsed on Thursday, killing at least 30 firefighters and injuring some 75 people, state media reported.

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.

Iranian authorities did not immediately release definitive casualty figures, which is common in unfolding disasters.

Iran's state-run Press TV announced the firefighters' deaths, without giving a source for the information. Local 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. The fire appeared to be the most intense in the building's upper floors before the collapse. Those floors were home to garment workshops where tailors cook for themselves and use old kerosene heaters for warmth in winter.

Police tried to keep out shopkeepers and others wanting to rush back in to collect their valuables.

Tehran's mayor, Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf, said there were "no ordinary civilians" trapped under the rubble. However, witnesses said some people had slipped through the police cordon and gone back into the building.

IRNA reported that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani ordered Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli to investigate and report the cause of the incident as soon as possible.

He also ordered the ministry to take care for the injured and take immediate action to compensate for those affected by the disaster.

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 firefighter 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.

Among those watching the disaster unfold was Masoumeh Kazemi who said she rushed to the building as her two sons and a brother had jobs in the garment workshops occupying the upper floors of the high-rise.

"I do not know where they are now," Kazemi said, crying.

In a nearby intersection, Abbas Nikkhoo [is spelled as "ni khoo!" in other versions of the report - M.N.] stood with tears in his eyes.

"My nephew was working in a workshop there," he said. "He has been living with me since moving to Tehran last year from the north of the country in hopes of finding a job."

Jalal Maleki, a fire department spokesman, earlier told Iranian state television that 10 firehouses responded to the blaze, which was first reported around 8 a.m.

The Iranian military sent units to help with the disaster, state television reported.

Several embassies are located near the building. Turkey's state-run news agency, reporting from Tehran, said the Turkish Embassy was evacuated as a precaution, though it sustained no damage in the collapse.

The Plasco building was an iconic presence on the Tehran skyline.

The 17-story tower was built in the early 1960s by Iranian Jewish businessman Habib Elghanian and named after his plastics manufacturing company. It was the tallest building in the city at the time of its construction.

Elghanian was tried on charges that included espionage and executed in the months after the 1979 Islamic Revolution that brought the current ruling system to power — a move that prompted many members of the country's longstanding Jewish community to flee.

The tower is attached to a multistory shopping mall featuring a sky-lit atrium and a series of turquoise-colored fountains. It wasn't immediately clear if the mall was damaged. 


Associated Press writers Jon Gambrell and Adam Schreck in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and Suzan Fraser in Ankara, Turkey, contributed to this report.



Министр иностранных дел Сергей Лавров и Секретарь Совета Безопасности Николай Патрушев перед началом совещания с постоянными членами Совета Безопасности.

Министр иностранных дел Сергей Лавров и Секретарь Совета Безопасности Николай Патрушев перед началом совещания с постоянными членами Совета Безопасности: 

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Published on 1/19/17, 8:55 AM