At least 27 people killed in nightclub

ISTANBUL, TURKEY – A catastrophic blaze engulfed the Masquerade nightclub in Istanbul during its renovation, leading to the tragic loss of at least 27 lives on Tuesday. The Istanbul governor’s office verified that one casualty was rushed to the hospital following the incident.

The nightclub, nestled within a 16-story residential edifice in the Besiktas district on the European side of Istanbul, became the scene of a devastating incident. The fire, which resulted in a significant loss of life, was eventually put out, and several individuals, including the managers of the nightclub, were detained for further investigation.

The governor’s office in Istanbul confirmed that one individual is currently under medical care in a hospital. The Masquerade nightclub, which was under renovation and temporarily closed, is located on the ground and basement floors of the residential structure in the Besiktas district.

Governor Davut Gul stated that the fire’s cause is being probed, and it is suspected that the victims were part of the renovation team at the nightclub when the fire broke out.

Justice Minister Yilmaz Tunc revealed that five people, including the nightclub’s managers and the individual responsible for the renovations, were taken into custody for questioning. Mayor Ekrem Imamoglu assured that a comprehensive inspection of the entire building is underway to evaluate its safety.