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Fire Strikes Heydar Aliyev Center In Baku

Fire Strikes Landmark Building In Bakui
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July 20, 2012
Firefighters have extinguished a blaze at the Heydar Aliyev Center in Azerbaijan's capital, Baku. Officials said 50 firefighting brigades and several helicopters were deployed to bring the blaze under control. No official estimate of the damage is immediately available. There is also no official word on the cause of the blaze.
By RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service
BAKU -- Firefighters have extinguished a blaze at the Heydar Aliyev Center in Azerbaijan's capital, Baku.

Officials said 50 firefighting brigades and several helicopters were deployed to bring the blaze under control.

No official estimate of the damage is immediately available.

There is also no official word on the cause of the blaze.

The center -- named after the late former president and father of Azerbaijan’s current President Ilham Aliyev -- was built at a reported cost of $250 million and opened in May to mark Heydar Aliyev’s 89th birthday.

The building is striking in appearance, with fluid, flowing lines, lots of glass, and an all-white exterior.

Heydar Aliyev, who died in 2003, was the communist leader of Soviet Azerbaijan and became president of independent Azerbaijan in 1993 after the Soviet collapse.

He is hailed by the country's current rulers as “the founder of modern Azerbaijan.”

PHOTO GALLERY: Battling the blaze
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by: Elchin from: Baku
July 20, 2012 13:45
this was all built with stolen money that Aliyev family looted with US support. All the people I know are cheering that the symbol of this despotic regime is damaged.

by: RD
July 20, 2012 19:26
Heydar Aliev, “the founder of modern Azerbaijan.” Wow, this is starting to sound more and more like North Korea. The centre cost $250 Million? I am certain Aliev and his cronies stole just as much during construction.

by: Alex from: LA
July 21, 2012 00:38
Armenians did it!!! Looks like the excuse they love using.
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by: Mike from: LA
July 24, 2012 03:42
Dont lie, nobody sad that. So you can stop acting the victim.

by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
July 25, 2012 05:56
Becide the usual Internet flow of mainly East and West spy-bites,
I have to remind to many that might fall for it - one of conditions,
Absolutly necessary, leader of a democracy usually immuned,
Not to corner fear to grabb tiranny - or democracy is doomed.

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