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At Least 15 Killed In Baku High-Rise Apartment Fire

At least 15 people have been killed in a fire that that ripped through a 16-story apartment building in Azerbaijan's capital. The Health Ministry told RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service that 63 other people were injured in the fire that erupted on May 19 in Baku's Binaqadi district and rushed to hospitals. Interior Minister Ramil Usubov and Prosecutor-General Zakir Qaralov were at the scene.

Qaralov told reporters that a working team consisting of representatives of the Emergency Ministry, Interior Ministry, and Prosecutor-General's Office will investigate the fire.

He added that the preliminary investigation indicated that fire was caused by "the poor quality" of the building's external cover.