Serious incidents.(TURKEY)

Two serious fire and rescue-related incidents appalled and shocked the citizens of Turkey at the beginning of this year.

Emergency services were mobilised at the end of January when an explosion at a fireworks factory killed 19 people and injured a further 70. According to official sources, a small fire had broken out on the fourth floor of the Istanbul building prior to the explosion, while a nearby witness claimed that he had heard two explosions roughly five minutes apart while working in the vicinity.

Directly following the incident, the Istanbul Health Directorate stated that at least eight of the 70 that had been injured in the blast had been seriously hurt. …

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