Tragic Fire in the Residential Building of Armenian Catholic Church in Istanbul Leaves Two Dead
Two people have died and two others were hospitalized in a fire that broke out in the residential building of the Armenian Catholic Church in the Beyoglu district of Istanbul on Monday night (01.24.2023).
According to the Anadolu news agency, the fire started late afternoon and the rescue work lasted until early Tuesday morning, in which the two bodies of the deceased were found. Mustafa Demirelli, the governor of the Beyoglu neighborhood confirmed that two people made their way out of the building and two others were taken to a hospital after being rescued by firefighters.
The Cumhuriyet newspaper reported that “during the fire, three explosions were heard in a row in the residential building.” The fire was extinguished after four hours of work.
The residential building of the Armenian church was partially destroyed. The authorities have launched an investigation to determine the cause of the fire. Both hospitalized individuals suffer from smoke poisoning, but their lives are not in danger.