The funeral ceremony for the 16 courageous firefighters, who lost their lives battling a massive blaze that recently consumed a high-rise in downtown Tehran, has held in in the capital’s Grand Mosalla.
The ceremony, which is being held in the capital’s Grand Mosalla on Monday, was attended by a group senior officials, including 1st VP Jahangiri, Minister of Roads and Urban Development Abbas Akhoundi, Tehran's Mayor Bagher Ghalibaf, and a number of MPs, as well as thousands of citizens.
A procession is to carry the bodies to the capital’s Behesht-e-Zahra Cemetery, where they will be laid to rest. Tehran Friday Prayer Leader Ayatollah Mohammad Emami Kashani performed the funeral prayer for the victims.
Also, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei eulogized the Iranian firefighters who lost their lives in downtown Tehran’s incident.
The Leader issued a message on Sunday ahead of a funeral procession. He said the firefighters ventured into the burning building in order to save the lives and property of their fellow countrymen and sacrificed their lives for this purpose.
“These [firefighters] are martyrs on the path of a difficult service and fulfilling a risky duty and, God willing, will never be forgotten,” Ayatollah Khamenei stated.
The funeral procession for the 16 fallen firefighters started at Imam Khomeini Mosalla (prayers ground) and the bodies will be to be laid to rest at the Martyrs Section at Behesht Zahra Cemetery in southern Tehran.
The iconic Plasco building came down and caused the death of several people, including firefighters, after fire engulfed the top floors of the 17-story building on January 19. The incident caused deep shock and sorrow among people in Iran and across the world. Many officials from different countries also offered their condolences to the Iranian government and people over the tragic incident.
Bodies of 15 firefighters were recovered during the debris removal operations, and one firefighter succumbed to injuries in the hospital on the day of the incident.
Interior Minister Abdol-Reza Rahmani-Fazli said last week that an electrical short circuit was the main cause of the incident.