Baku, Azerbaijan, May 19
By Elmira Tariverdiyeva - Trend:
Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjorn Jagland has expressed condolences to Azerbaijani people over the fire in Baku.
Jagland tweeted that he has been informed about the horrific fire in a Baku high rise.
"Such a tragedy. My deepest condolences to all those involved," he said in his message.
The death toll in a fire in a multi-storey building in Azadlig Avenue in Baku, Azerbaijan, has reached 16, the representative of the Azerbaijani Healthcare Ministry, Safaya Ahmadova told Trend May 19.
She added that 54 people were injured in the fire.
Ahmadova also earlier told Trend that one of the killed is a small child.
Thirty ambulances are working at the scene. The fire has already been extinguished.
Earlier, Azerbaijan's Emergency Situations Ministry received a call about a fire in a residential building in the Binagadi district of Baku. The fire brigades were immediately dispatched to the scene.
The relevant structures were also informed about the fire.
According to the witnesses, the building's plastic cladding was burning.
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