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Firefighters to Probe Suspicious Arsons in Tehran Bazaar

After three suspicious-looking cases of arson in Tehran's historical bazaar over the past month, Iranian Cultural Heritage Organization (CHO) has urged the capital city's fire department to make an inquiry into these incidents, Iranian Cultural Heritage News Agency reported.

"Fires and blazes are nothing new in bazaar since it has an old fabric, but the recent cases have raised an element of suspicion. Thus we requested the Fire Department to probe," said an official with (CHO).

He, however, noted the electricity cables have worn off over the years, numerously igniting fires in the massive market.

A Tehran councilor had already complained that the bazaar has been constructed in a specific era and due to its specifications, it has a capacity of just 20000 to 25000 people. However, today not only Tehran's bazaar is overpopulated, but also the traffic load is too high, impeding fire engines to reach there on time.

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