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Waterpipe cafes burned down in Tophane

Posted on 7 December 2011

Nargile cafe destryed by fire in Tophane. Photo: Daily News

A fire broke out this morning in a traditional nargile (waterpipe) café in Istanbul’s Tophane neighborhood, next to Istanbul’s Museum of Modern Art. The fire quickly spread to others burnt down four cafes, rendering them unusable.

The fire broke out in one of the cafes early this morning and quickly spread to several others. Firefighting teams were dispatched to the area, but had a hard time bringing the blaze under control as it grew quickly due to all the wooden tables and plastic tents.

The fire fighting teams finally extinguished the fire after a few hours, but four cafes had already been burnt down, as well as two clothing shops.

According to the initial findings of the investigation, the fire broke out in a coal depot of one of the cafes. There were no casualties caused by the fire.

Two of the affected nargile cafe owners said they had insurance that would cover the damage, while the other two said they were not insured.




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