Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has issued a message expressing his condolence over collapse of the high-rise building in downtown Tehran and the firefighters’ death.
The Leader’s message read, “The painful incident of fire and collapse of a building in the center of the city is source of profound sorrow and concern for me. The valor and sacrifice of those firefighters, who were seriously harmed as they tried to rescue people and went through a difficult test while making committed sacrifice, fills one’s heart with [a sense of] admiration and praise as well as concern and sorrow.”
Ayatollah Khamenei emphasized that at the present time, all efforts should be oriented to saving those trapped below the rubble, and probing the causes of the incident must be the next step.
The Leader also urged all concerned officials to continue their diligent effort and fulfill their urgent duty without care for any possible gossip.
The 17-storey Plasco building, a shopping center in downtown Tehran, collapsed at Thursday noon after a huge blaze for more than three hours, leaving dozens injured, missing, and dead.
Plasco, named after a plastics manufacturing company, is a commercial building survived from 1960s with some 600 shopping centers and clothing workshops filled with stacks of clothes which are believed to intensify the fire.