Over 20 firefighters dead in Tehran building collapse

More than 20 firefighters were killed when Iran's oldest high-rise collapsed following a fire in downtown Tehran on Thursday, the mayor said. 

"So far, more than 20 of our colleagues in the fire brigade have lost their lives rescuing others," Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf told state television.

However, fire brigade spokesman Jalal Maleki said, he could not confirm the 20 deaths and they were still being treated officially as missing since no bodies had yet been pulled from the rubble.

Rescue workers, soldiers and sniffer dogs were still hunting for survivors in the debris of the 15-storey Plasco building, which collapsed after a four-hour blaze.

Topics: Iran , fire , toll
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