25 people still missing at site of deadly Iran building collapse

January 20, 2017 | By | Reply More

Rescue teams in the Iranian capital worked through the night and into the day Friday to try and reach firefighters and other victims believed to be under the rubble of a commercial building that collapsed in Tehran the previous day.

Iran building collapseIranian officials have yet to offer definitive casualty figures for the disaster. Iran’s state-run Press TV reported on Thursday that 30 firefighters had been killed, without elaborating.

 Ghalibaf also said there were no civilians inside the building at the time of the collapse, though witnesses said people had slipped through a police cordon to try and save their valuables inside the burning building.

On Friday, authorities said an injured firefighter died at a local hospital.

The disaster had stunned many Iranians and triggered an outpouring of grief across Tehran.

Iran’s government announced that Saturday would be a day of mourning for the nation following the incident that “claimed lives of several people and brave firefighters,” according to a statement.

Iranian media said Behnam Mirzakhani, one of the firefighters hospitalized in Tehran, died Friday from his injuries sustained in the building’s collapse.

Workers were digging several tunnels from buildings next door to reach the basement of the collapsed building. Teams of rescue dogs were also at the site.

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.”

Authorities described the building, built more than five decades ago, as having a weak structure. Thursday’s fire was the worst in Tehran since a 2005 blaze at a historic mosque killed 59 worshippers and injured nearly 200 others.

By nightfall Friday, scores of Iranians held candlelit vigils outside many Tehran fire stations and in other cities and towns across Iran.

Press journalist for HRO media – Khizer Hayat reports.

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