More than 100 people died in a fire at a wedding ceremony in Iraq


More than 100 people have died and 150 have been injured as a result of a fire at a wedding ceremony in Hamdania district of Nineveh province of Iraq.

Nineveh Deputy Governor Hassan al-Alaq told Reuters that 113 people had been confirmed dead, with state media putting the death toll at at least 100 and 150 injured.

State media said a fire broke out in a large event hall in the northeastern region after fireworks were set off during the celebration.

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Video from a Reuters correspondent at the site showed firefighters scrambling through the charred wreckage of the building in search of survivors.

State media said initial information indicated the building was made of highly flammable construction materials, which contributed to its rapid collapse.

Ambulances and medical personnel from federal Iraqi authorities and authorities in Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region were dispatched to the scene, according to official statements.

Eyewitnesses at the scene say that the fire broke out in the building at 10:45 pm local time and hundreds of people were present at the time of the incident.

This is a breaking news story, please check back for updates.

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