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Voracious fire in an Istanbul nightclub: at least 29 dead

A fire in an Istanbul nightclub that was being renovated left at least 29 dead when workers and employees were trapped inside the premises, in the middle of the fire. Managers of the premises and those responsible for the works were detained for questioning.

The night club Masqueradewhich was closed for renovation work, is located on the ground floor of a 16-story residential building in the Besiktas district.

The flames reached the third floor of the building before it was put out, as recorded in various videos that emerged on social networks.

The governor, Davut Gul, said the cause of the fire was under investigation and that the victims were believed to be involved in the renovation work.

Video from the scene showed flames coming from the side of the building, firefighters dousing an entrance to the club and others carrying a victim on a stretcher to an ambulance. Several aid vehicles attended the scene.

Fire in an Istanbul nightclub: at least 29 dead. Reuters Photo

Some of the victims died in hospitals, where they were quickly transferred in ambulances, reported the private television station NTV and reproduced by the AP agency.

Authorities detained eight people for questioning, including club officials and a person responsible for renovations, Justice Minister Yilmaz Tunc said.

The government appointed three prosecutors and several investigators to carry out the investigation into the events that occurred in the Turkish capital.

The nightclub — which had a capacity of 4,000 people, according to its website — was closed for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Its owners were trying to complete renovation work on time for next week’s Eid holiday, which follows the month of fasting.

“See you on April 10,” the club said in a message posted on its website.

Fire in an Istanbul nightclub: at least 29 dead.  AFP PhotoFire in an Istanbul nightclub: at least 29 dead. AFP Photo

Police cordoned off the area and electricity and natural gas were cut off to the neighborhood as a security measure.

Mayor Ekrem Imamoglu, who was re-elected in Sunday’s local vote, said authorities were inspecting the entire building to assess its safety.

The nightclub did not have the necessary permit to carry out construction work and renovations, the mayor said.

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