Turkish Skyscraper On Fire - Video

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A large blaze has broken out in a 42-story tower block in the center of the Turkish city of Istanbul. Firefighting crews brought the fire under control, rescuing those who had been trapped inside by the flames. Watch footage of the fire here.

More from RT:

Footage from Turkish TV showed the building wrapped in a cloud of black smoke and debris falling from the block. State TV reported that helicopters were deployed to help bring the inferno under control.


"All of them left [those trapped by the fire] the building in a healthy condition. We also rescued a few pets. Our biggest reward is there was no loss of life,” said Adnan Polat, owner of the tower block. He added that the “building has an early warning system and this incident showed the importance of it to everyone."


A faulty air conditioner may have triggered the blaze, Istanbul’s governor Huseyin Avni Mutlu was quoted as saying.


"The building's fire-extinguishing system automatically activated. Otherwise we could have faced a huge disaster," Mayor Mustafa Sarigul told the Associated Press, adding that the inside of the tower had not been damaged by the flames.


The Polat Tower in Istanbul’s Fulya business district is made up of both residential flats and offices.


Nearby buildings and a petrol station were evacuated as a precaution. Roads have also been cordoned off in the area.


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Anne Ominous's picture

Be careful, as a steel framed building it may collapse at freefall speed any second.

johnQpublic's picture

i know

i kept waiting to see it fall into its own footprint

Thomas's picture

The official report will be so obtuse: "We do not know at this time why it did not collapse."

Au Member's picture

Apparently there was an applied companies van hanging around outside an hour before it went up. http://www.appliedcompanies.net/products/chillers/directed-energy.html Standing by to see steel columns turn to dust again

machineh's picture

"We do not know at this time why it did not collapse."

Some dumbass didn't sprinkle enough kerosene, whose white-hot open-air combustion can melt steel!

Stuck on Zero's picture

The Government will soon announce that 14 terrorists were behind the whole thing.  The site will be cordoned off with armed guards and all the wreckage will be hauled away without an investigation.  Engineers will be banned from the site ...  oh, wait, that's Turkey, not the U.S.


monkeyboy's picture

I heard they found some Syrian passports a couple of blocks away from the burning building totally undamaged...or were they Iranian...might have been Canadian.

Skateboarder's picture

So what are the freedoms we are giving up for security this time?

Overfed's picture

I dunno. Are there any left?

Al Gorerhythm's picture

It's the surrounding buildings that concern me. They should all start falling soon. I noticed a fire in the dumpster a block away from one of them that should cause imminent collapse.

Shaktipalooza's picture

Not possible. Turkey has much more stringent building standards.

Matt's picture

joking, right? I mean, these are the guys that have whole apartment buildings full of people collapse with sub-6.0 magnitude earthquakes.

Dismal Scientist's picture

How is this in any way newsworthy for this site ?

NidStyles's picture

Read the comments above yours for reference. 

Dismal Scientist's picture

A predictable reaction...surprised not more than -27 when I looked. Merely tells me that not many others thought the article was worth paying attention to.

Lets get back to the doomer economics and collapse of western civilisation meme. So much more to rage against there than the (non)collapse of a Turkish tower block...

kieran1968's picture

The BBC has announced it has collapsed, so expect it to fall down within the hour.

Parabolic's picture

is that nanothermite i smell?

Mitzibitzi's picture

Oh! I love the smell of nanothermite in the morning!

All Risk No Reward's picture

BTW, that's free fall *acceleration*, not speed.

Put another way, in order for Building 7 to have fallen evenly at free fall acceleration, a full 10 story cross section of the building would have had to instantaneously vaporized into nothingness.

The key word there is *instantaneously*.  One instant the cross section was there, the enxt there was some minor failures, the next 2 seconds nothing was there - the 10 stories just disappeared as a support.

Think abotut that for a moment.

That is what people are addressing when they say Building 7's fall defies physics.

WTC7: NIST Finally Admits Freefall




Dr Benway's picture

A skyscraper on fire, eh? For some reason it reminds me of that movie where there was a skyscraper on fire.

Itch's picture

Is that the one that ended with a bearded man being thrown overboard?

bank guy in Brussels's picture

Film 'The Towering Inferno', 1974, with Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, Fred Astaire, Faye Dunaway and many more

Great line from the Paul Newman character at the end, responding to a thought about what to do with the smoking remains of the giant burning building:

« ... I don't know. Maybe they just oughta leave it the way it is. Kind of a shrine to all the bullshit in the world.»

Here is the movie trailer


And here is the imdb (Internet Movie DataBase) page, with all the details and more quotes


slackrabbit's picture

Nah I think he's thinking of a more recent one - in HD

shovelhead's picture

My father in law was one of the fireman hired as extras on that movie. Even made one of the publicity stills with Steve McQueen. He was the guy in the oxygen mask. Almost famous...lol.

He thought getting paid to drink beer with Newman and McQueen was a pretty good gig.

tony wilson's picture

your a filthy liar..

no way mcqueen and newman understood structural engineering.

if anything those guys would of gone along with the  mit engineers  and the commission report.

this was nothing to do with the jews it is simple metalurgical LAW.

aviation fuel is hotter than the sun.

so stop your conspiracy stuff about butch cassidy and john bullet

keep your lies at home and leave the truth telling to your heroic government

akak's picture

His a filthy liar?


Perhaps your argument would have more weight if you had any grasp of third-grade-level English grammar, including knowing that sentences begin with a capital letter and end with some form of punctuation.

Why should anyone take seriously the comments of a near-illiterate?

q99x2's picture

Where's Rumsfeld?

Disenchanted's picture



That's an unknown known....Wait...you fool me once, we can't be fooled again. Shit that's not it either.


ah fuck it!

AssFire's picture

fool me twice??

Well, then you have some really big tits.

bigkahuna's picture

When is it going to collapse?

spinone's picture

shouldnt it have collapsed into its own basement by now?

Disenchanted's picture



I guess we should have hired Turkey to rebuild the WTC complex. We now know their highrises can withstand fires without collapsing into their own footprint. s/

New_Meat's picture

"Steel doesn't melt" Rosie O'Donnell

General Decline's picture

Really? I guess I'm going to sell my oxy-acetelyne torches now. They're useless to me.

Mad Max's picture

You might notice that those are oxygen-acetylene, not air-kerosene or air-office paper?

Have you ever melted steel over an open-air fire of phone books and loose paper?

FeralSerf's picture

Oxy-acetylene torches do not cut steel by melting it.  The steel actually burns.  After the steel gets to ignition temperature (quite high) the acetylene can be turned off and the (pure) oxygen does the job by itself.  This is not very similar to what happens when kerosene and air (at normal pressure) burns in contact with steel.  The temperature of an oxy-acetylene flame is also much higher than the temperature of a kerosene and air flame.

Do you wonder why kerosene-air heaters don't melt?  It's because they don't get hot enough.

New_Meat's picture

I guess I should have put </sarc> in, but after all, it was Rosie running her mouth.  Hooke's Law and building design in the plastic region are beyond her.

- Ned

grunk's picture

Hillary Clinton will blame it on Syria.

Herodotus's picture

A Syrian HVAC subcontractor had recently been observed doing work in the building.

Disenchanted's picture




'Syrian' HVAC contractor that was cleared by the Israeli 'security' team at the building...a company such as ICTS maybe?

Mitzibitzi's picture

They make military aircraft engines, too. What a fuckin' coincidence!

Zero Debt's picture

Sprinkler installation done by a company from Athens.

shokdee's picture

Golly, those flames look huge! I really hope the steel doesn't melt and weaken the structure so that it pancakes into a cloud of dust.