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16 Dead, Scores Injured in Apartment Fire in Azerbaijan

  • Associated Press

A rescue worker gets on a roof of an apartment building after a fire in Baku, Azerbaijan, Tuesday, May 19, 2015.

A rescue worker gets on a roof of an apartment building after a fire in Baku, Azerbaijan, Tuesday, May 19, 2015.

Azerbaijani officials say 16 people have died and more than 50 have been injured in a fire at an apartment building in Baku, the capital.

The massive fire quickly engulfed 16-story apartment building Tuesday and took hours to contain.

Azerbaijan's chief prosecutor, Zakir Garalov, said the bad quality of plastic paneling covering the building contributed to the fire and a criminal probe has been launched to determine the fire's cause.

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliev has taken personal control of the investigation.

A similar fire erupted in Baku earlier this month, but there were no injuries.

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