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Fire at Istanbul nightclub kills dozens

Firefighters at the scene of the fire on Tuesday Associated Press/Provided by IHA

Fire at Istanbul nightclub kills dozens

At least 29 people died in the fire Tuesday morning, which took place in a metropolitan area of the city of Istanbul, according to a statement by Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca. He previously estimated the casualties from the incident at 15 deaths and eight injuries—with seven of the people having serious injuries. Dozens of ambulances had arrived on the scene.

What caused the fire? The fire’s cause wasn’t immediately apparent. Investigators arrived at the fire scene Tuesday, according to a translated statement Tuesday from Turkey’s Minister of the Interior Ali Yerlikaya. The building had been undergoing renovations before the fire, according to a report by the Turkish state media outlet Anadolu Ajansi. The report also said that construction workers made up many of the casualties from the fire.

Dig deeper: Read my report in The Sift about Turkey’s opposition party winning key local elections against President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s governing party.

Josh Schumacher

Josh is a breaking news reporter for WORLD. He’s a graduate of World Journalism Institute and Patrick Henry College.

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