Dead in a fire inside a church in Istanbul

Dead in a fire inside a church in Istanbul
Dead in a fire inside a church in Istanbul
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The Istanbul Governor’s Office, Ali Yerakaya, announced, on Tuesday, that two people were killed and others injured in a huge fire that broke out inside a church in Istanbul.

He said that the fire broke out overnight in the residential section of the Surp Barqic Armenian Catholic Church in the Beyoglu district of central Istanbul.

He added that a large number of firefighting teams were sent to the area immediately after a fire was reported in the housing section of the church, as the firefighting operations continued for about 4 hours continuously.

He added that during the search of the building after the fire was extinguished, two bodies were found and two injured were taken to the hospital for treatment, while the investigation into the causes of the fire continues.

He indicated that four people were evacuated from the fire, and two people affected by the smoke were sent to the hospital as a precautionary measure.

For his part, Beyoğlu District Governor Mustafa Demirelli said that he had received information that a fire broke out in the church for unknown reasons, adding: “Our fire brigade quickly started efforts to extinguish the fires.”

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The spiritual leader of the Armenian Catholic community in Turkey, Levon Zakian, came to the area where the accident took place.

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A huge fire broke out in the Ciragan Palace in the Besiktas district of Istanbul, northwestern Turkey.

And media outlets said that a fire broke out in a room in the hotel section of the Jeeran Palace in the Besiktas region.

She added that a large number of firefighters were deployed to put out the fire, and the hotel residents were evacuated because of the fire.

And she added that the Istanbul police closed the coastal part of the road from Besiktas to Ortakoy to traffic, while the teams continue until now to put out the fire.

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