At Least 29 Dead in Istanbul Nightclub Fire

Building was closed for renovations, but hadn't obtained a permit
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 2, 2024 11:42 AM CDT
Istanbul Nightclub Fire Kills at Least 29
People gather as firefighters and medical teams work after a fire broke out in a nightclub in Istanbul, Turkey, Tuesday, April 2, 2024.   (Sercan Ozkurnazli/Dia Images via AP)

A fire at an Istanbul nightclub that was closed for renovations killed at least 29 people on Tuesday, reports the AP. At least six people, including managers of the club, were detained for questioning after the fire at the Masquerade club. Mayor Ekrem Imamoglu said the venue had not obtained the necessary permits for the renovation work. The Masquerade was on the ground and basement floors of a 16-story residential building in the Besiktas district on the European side of the city bisected by the Bosphorus.

The nightclub was closed for the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, and its owners were trying to complete the renovation work in time for next week's Eid holiday, which follows the month of fasting, per NTV. Gov. Davut Gul told reporters the victims were believed to be involved in the renovation work.

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