Fire at nightclub in Turkey’s Istanbul kills at least 29 people

A fire broke out in a nightclub located in a multi-story building in Istanbul, Turkey, resulting in the deaths of at least 29 people. The Masquerade nightclub, where the accident occurred, was closed during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and was undergoing renovations.

It was reported that all the deceased were employees of the establishment.

The incident took place around 1 pm on April 2. The Masquerade nightclub was situated underground in a 16-story building.

According to local media reports, an explosion occurred near the stage during renovations, triggering a fire that rapidly engulfed the entire establishment.

The entire building filled with smoke, and people became trapped inside. Despite the arrival of a large number of police, firefighters, and medical rescue personnel, the authorities have yet to determine the cause of the fire. Renovation work will be scrutinized for any oversights.

Due to the significant number of casualties, Interior Minister Ali Yerlikaya announced that an investigation into the incident has been launched. | A. Lee, BChannel News

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