2015 Baku residence building fire

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2015 Baku Residence Building Fire
Baku residence building fire - 9.jpg
Date May 19, 2015
Time around 10:00 Baku Time (06:00 GMT)
Location Binagadi raion, Baku, Azerbaijan
Coordinates 40°25′30.1″N 49°50′20.9″E / 40.425028°N 49.839139°E / 40.425028; 49.839139Coordinates: 40°25′30.1″N 49°50′20.9″E / 40.425028°N 49.839139°E / 40.425028; 49.839139
Cause flammable facade material
Deaths 15
Non-fatal injuries 63

The 2015 Baku residence building fire occurred on 19 May 2015 in a 16-level residence building located in Azadlig Avenue 200/36 in Binagadi raion of Baku, Azerbaijan.[1][2] The official death toll from the fire was 15, of whom five were children; at least 63 people were injured.[3] Most of the dead were killed by toxic smoke as the building caught fire.[4] It took firemen three hours to completely extinguish the fire.

Overview[edit]

The disaster led to severe outrage among the population and provoked a lot of discussions around the material used in the renovation of the facade of more than 200 apartment blocks in Baku built in the Soviet period. Flammable Styrofoam facing had been installed on the exterior of old buildings as part of Baku's "beautification" scheme.[5] Consequently, the city officials started the process of removing the facade of the buildings where the material causing the fire was used. In some extreme cases, residents used hammers and their hands to remove the material from their buildings.

A similar fire had erupted in Baku about a month earlier, on 10 April 2015, but there were no injuries. The reason for both of the fires is indicated as low quality flammable facade material used in the renovation.[6]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Baku Apartment Fire Kills 15". RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty. Retrieved 16 June 2017. 
  2. ^ "Fire kills 16 in Baku (UPDATE)". 19 May 2015. Retrieved 16 June 2017. 
  3. ^ "Death toll in Baku multi-storey building fire outbreak rises". 20 May 2015. Retrieved 16 June 2017. 
  4. ^ "Большинство жертв пожара в многоэтажке в Баку задохнулись от дыма - МИР24". mir24.tv. Archived from the original on 2016-08-06. Retrieved 16 June 2017. 
  5. ^ https://www.rferl.org/a/azerbaijan-public-anger-over-deadly-fire/27027429.html
  6. ^ "Bakıda güclü yanğın, bina yanır (VİDEO)". www.anspress.com. Archived from the original on 2015-09-23. Retrieved 16 June 2017.