Tragedy Strikes: Over 100 Dead and 150 Injured in Iraq Wedding Fire
A devastating incident unfolded as a fire broke out during a wedding reception in Iraq, resulting in the tragic loss of more than 100 lives and leaving approximately 150 people injured.
A Wedding Turns to Tragedy in Nineveh Province
The wedding was in progress in Iraq’s Nineveh province on the early morning of Wednesday, September 27, as reported by Iraqi state media.
Fireworks Spark Blaze
Preliminary investigations suggest that the fire was ignited by fireworks at an events hall located in the Hamdaniya district of the province.
Highly-Flammable Cladding a Potential Factor
Reports from the Iraqi News Agency indicate that the exterior walls of the building were lined with highly-flammable illegal cladding, potentially exacerbating the intensity of the fire.
Swift Response from Authorities
In response to the emergency, both Iraqi authorities and those from the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region dispatched ambulances to the scene.
Uncertain Casualty Figures
Nineveh governor Najim al-Jubouri conveyed that some of the injured were swiftly transported to nearby hospitals.
However, he emphasized that final casualty figures were not yet available, raising concerns that the death toll could potentially rise.
Horrific images captured the aftermath of the fire, showing guests who managed to escape the blaze standing on the street while the flames raged.
One particularly poignant photo depicts a bride, dressed in her flowing bridal gown, just meters away from the engulfing fire.
Bride and Groom’s Tragic Fate
Ahmed Dubardani, deputy head of the Nineveh health directorate, confirmed a heartbreaking detail: both the bride and groom lost their lives during the tragedy.
They were reportedly slow-dancing when the fire erupted.
Critical Injuries and Severe Burns
Dubardani shared grim statistics, stating that at least 50 of the injured individuals were in a critical condition, with many suffering extensive burns. He remarked, “The majority of the wounded were completely burned, and some others had 50 to 60 percent of their bodies burned. This is not good at all.”
Efforts for Relief and Support
The death toll of over 100 was confirmed by Health Ministry spokesman Saif al-Badr, who added, “All efforts are being made to provide relief to those affected by the unfortunate accident.”
In a show of solidarity, people reportedly gathered at the town’s main hospital to donate blood, demonstrating the community’s united effort to support the survivors and those in need.