5 killed, 11 injured after abandoned building used by paper collectors catches on fire in Ankara

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A fire in an abandoned building in Ankara has killed at least five people and injured 11 others, officials said Friday.

Five people have died and 11 others have been injured in a fire that broke out Friday morning at a three-story building in the Altındağ district of Ankara.

A large number of ambulances, firefighters and National Medical Research Teams (UMKE) were dispatched to the scene of the fire, which started in an abandoned building in the Iskitler Ata Industrial Housing Estate.

The fire has been brought under control and teams are currently conducting cooling-down operations.

The 11 people affected by smoke inhalation are receiving treatment in nearby hospitals.

Reports said that the bottom floor of the building was used by paper collectors, most of which were Afghan nationals, as a warehouse and the top floor was used as a shelter.

Officials are comparing records to identify the dead.

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