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Tue Sep 11, 2012 2:13PM
The Ataturk Cultural Center in Istanbul, Turkey. (file photo)

The Ataturk Cultural Center in Istanbul, Turkey. (file photo)

Casualties have been feared after a huge fire broke out at a cultural center in the center of Turkey’s biggest city, Istanbul. The blaze hit Ataturk Cultural Center, a populous center and famous tourism site in Istanbul's Taksim square, on Tuesday morning. Firefighters and rescue forces have been dispatched to the scene of accident. The cause of the fire and the casualty are not certain yet. The fire accident is followed by a deadly bomb attack outside a police station in the Sultangazi district of Istanbul, which killed at least one police officer and injured seven others. In July, a large fire swept through a 42-storey building in the centre of Istanbul. The blaze at the iconic Polat Tower, which contains flats as well as shops and businesses, is believed to have been caused by a faulty air conditioning unit. There were no reports of casualties after the huge fire at the skyscraper. PG/JR
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