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17 October, Thursday


Fire engulfs factory in Istanbul’s Tuzla, injuries reported

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A chemicals factory in Istanbul's Tuzla district was engulfed in flames Wednesday, as firefighters struggled nearly two hours to contain the flames from spreading to adjacent facilities, Daily Sabah reports.

An explosion occurred after the fire was brought under control and injuries were reported.

No deaths occurred in the fire that broke out in the factory in the Orhanlı Leather Organized Industrial Zone, Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Firefighting Division head Ali Karahan initially told reporters.

Karahan said the fire was taken under control after 48 fire engines and 138 personnel took part in efforts to extinguish it.

Small explosions took place in the factory and one fire engine caught fire due to one of the explosions. Cars parked in the factory's parking lot also burned.

Thick black smoke rising from the fire covered the area, which is located 3 kilometers east of the Sabiha Gökçen International Airport, Istanbul's second-largest gateway

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