A joyous celebration turned into a horrific tragedy in Iraq when a devastating fire broke out at a wedding party in the Hamdaniya district of Nineveh province on Tuesday (September 26) night. The incident resulted in the loss of over 100 lives and left approximately 150 people injured.
According to Nineveh Deputy Governor Hassan al-Allaq, 113 people were confirmed dead, while state media reported at least 100 dead and 150 injured, as per Reuters.
Today, a devastating fire erupted during a wedding party in Nineveh Province's Alhamdabya district in Iraq, resulting in over 150 deaths and hundreds of injuries. This heartbreaking incident sheds light on Iraq's alarming lack of safety measures. Notably, there are no fire… pic.twitter.com/pkqyZICHd7— Saad Murad (@saad_baber) September 27, 2023
The fire engulfed a large events hall in the northeastern region, with fireworks believed to be the initial trigger, as reported by local civil defense via state media.
Imad Yohana, a 34-year-old who managed to escape the inferno, shared his harrowing experience, saying, "We saw the fire pulsating, coming out of the hall. Those who managed to get out and those who didn't got stuck. Even those who made their way out were broken."
Federal Iraqi authorities and the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region promptly dispatched ambulances and medical teams to the scene, according to official statements.
Eyewitnesses present at the time of the incident stated that the fire began around 10:45 p.m. local time, with hundreds of people in attendance.
Injured individuals have been transported to hospitals across the Nineveh region, as confirmed by the region's governor to INA.
However, he also cautioned that the number of casualties is not final and may increase.
At the primary hospital in Hamdaniya, situated east of the region's capital Mosul, numerous individuals arrived to donate blood to assist the injured.