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Iran Says Firefighters Killed in Collapse of Tehran High-Rise

Firefighters carry a wounded colleague in downtown Tehran on Jan. 19.

Firefighters carry a wounded colleague in downtown Tehran on Jan. 19.

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Tehran, Iran (AP) -- A historic high-rise building in the heart of Iran's capital caught fire and later collapsed Thursday, killing at least 30 firefighters and leaving their stunned colleagues and bystanders weeping in the streets.

The disaster at the 17-story Plasco building, inadvertently shown live on state television, came after authorities said they repeatedly warned tenants about blocking stairwells with fabric from cramped garment workshops on its upper floors.