Polat Tower alight
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Large fire sweeps through Istanbul 42-storey building

A large fire has swept through a 42-storey building in the centre of the Turkish city of Istanbul.

Firefighters - backed by helicopters - eventually managed to contain the blaze at the Polat Tower, the cause of which is being investigated.

Officials said no-one was injured in the building which houses shops, apartments and offices.

Local television footage captured the building engulfed by flames, and later, firefighters dousing the charred building.

  • 17 Jul 2012
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