At least 29 people died in a fire in a night club in Istanbul

At least 29 people were killed in a fire at a popular Istanbul nightclub on Tuesday, Turkish authorities said.

The fire broke out at around 13:00 local time in the Gayrettepe district, in the center of the city, at the Masquerade nightclub, a popular entertainment venue with music concerts and a capacity of up to 3,000 people.

In a telephone statement, a Masquerade source confirmed the fire in the building to EFE, without giving further details, as those responsible on the ground are all outside and unable to enter the damaged area.

A large number of fire-rescuers were mobilized at the site, who tried to save the traps and control the fire.

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The hall in the basement of the 16-story building, a music stage and frequent concerts, is currently under renovation.

According to Istanbul Governor Davut Gul, at least some of the dead are workers who were working on the renovation of the building.

Gul denied initial press reports of an explosion in the building and confirmed that the nightclub, which opened in 1987, had its license renewed in 2018.

The fire spread from building to building, rose to the fifth or sixth floor and emitted huge smoke, – reports the Turkish channel NTV.

Istanbul Mayor Ekrem Imamoglu told the station that there was a large amount of construction material scattered around the building, which could have contributed to the fire.

Justice Minister Yılmaz Tunç announced on the X Network (formerly Twitter) the appointment of three prosecutors to investigate the causes of the incident, adding that orders have already been issued for the arrest of five people, including the perpetrator. working.

Source: El Diario

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