LOCAL - Fire at historical university building prompts questions: The 142-year-old Galatasaray University building burned down on Jan. 22, starting controversy on Istanbul’s firefighting ability.
The historical building caught fire at around 7 p.m. on Jan. 22 with still unknown reasons, and the fire spread quickly because the building, originally called Feriye Palace and built in 1871, is made of wood. Extinguishing the fire took nearly 5 hours despite the fire department’s land and sea approaches to the blaze.
However, there were claims that the officials started signing reports after the initial fire was controlled, only a few minutes before the roof of the building caught fire.
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