TEHRAN: At least 27 people died in a massive fire at a drug rehabilitation center in northern Iran early Friday, the judiciary said.
“27 people died and 12 were hospitalized after a fire broke out at a drug rehabilitation center in Langarud in Gilan province, north of Tehran,” the judiciary’s Mizan Online news site said, quoting provincial chief judge Esmail Sadeghi.
The cause of the fire is not yet clear, but Sadeghi said “the investigation is ongoing,” according to Mizan, who said the center has a capacity to accommodate up to 40 people.
Local ISNA news agency shared images of the fire, which lit up the night sky and sent large clouds of smoke into the air.
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Other images show the heavily damaged area after the fire was taken under control.
Many stores were damaged in the fire that broke out in Tehran’s Grand Bazaar in August, but there was no loss of life.
In January 2017, at least 22 people, including 16 firefighters, died in a fire at the 15-storey Plasco shopping mall in Tehran.
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