At least 29 people died in a fire in Istanbul

Istanbul's mayor, Ekrem Imamoglu, said the fire broke out during work in the basement where the night club is located

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At least 29 people died in a fire that broke out in a nightclub in Istanbul on April 2, the city governor's office said.

"The number of people who lost their lives in the fire in Gajretepe in Besiktas district has increased to 29", according to a statement from the governor's office, Davut Gul.

"One person injured in the fire is still being treated in the hospital," it added.

The fire started at 12:47 p.m., the office said, and firefighters brought it under control after a few hours.

Istanbul's mayor, Ekrem Imamoglu, said the fire broke out during work in the basement where the night club is located. He said earlier on platform X that the death toll had risen to 16.

The nightclub, which was closed for renovations, was located on the ground floor of a 16-story residential building in the Beşiktaş neighborhood on the European side of Istanbul.

The governor, Dawood Gul, told reporters they believed the victims were involved in the renovation.

Five people have been detained for questioning, including the club's managers and the person in charge of renovations, said Justice Minister Jilmaz Tunc. The investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing.

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