Mourners gather after deadly Iraq wedding fire

9 個月前

STORY: The fire, which killed more than 100 people, broke out in a Christian town that had survived Islamic State occupation as authorities announced an investigation into the blaze.

Survivors said hundreds of people were at the wedding celebration, which followed an earlier church service, and the fire began about an hour into the event when flares ignited a ceiling decoration as the bride and groom danced.

Nineveh province Deputy Governor Hassan al-Allaf told Reuters 113 people had been confirmed dead. The head of the province's Red Crescent branch said the death toll was not final but that it "exceeds hundreds injured and dozens killed."