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Iranians call for resignation of Tehran mayor over high-rise collapse

The collapse of Iran’s oldest high-rise following a fire leads to calls for the resignation of Tehran’s mayor.
The steel structre of Iran's oldest high-rise, the 15-storey Plasco building, is seen after the collapse of the building in downtown Tehran on January 19, 2017.
State television said 200 firefighters had been called to the scene and 38 had already been injured battling the blaze before it fell. / AFP / STR        (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Iranians are outraged and saddened by the destruction of the country's oldest high-rise, the Plasco building, which collapsed Jan. 19 after being engulfed by fire. The 17-story structure, completed in 1962, was the center of clothing production in Tehran. The presence of textiles may have led to the rapid spread of the flames along with building managers' having ignored repeated warnings about the lack of adherence to fire safety regulations. Many Iranians are calling for the resignation of Tehran Mayor Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf for mismanagement.

The Plasco, located downtown on Jomhuri Street, stood around the corner from the British Embassy and the main foreign exchange offices on Ferdowsi Street. Sasan Aghaei, a journalist with the Reformist daily Etemaad, tweeted, “Plasco is one of the symbols of Iran taking steps toward modernization and industrialization. Today, one of the symbols of Tehran collapsed.”

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