Incident directory

2015 - Baku, Azerbaijan (15 deaths)

15/05/2015

Country:

Azerbaijan

  • Building Fires

Severity:

Fatal

Description

Date of event

15th May 2015

Time of event

Unknown at this time, (INITIAL CALL)

Name of premises

Baku residence building.

Location

Azadlig Avenue 200/36, Baku, Azerbaijan.

Fire service area

Unknown at this time.

Nature of incident

Fire.

Property/premises/environment type

High Rise.

Premises use

Dwelling.

Construction type and materials

Assumed to be steel frame and concrete with Circa. 16 storeys.

Occupancy

Assumed to be social and private housing.

Fire source and location of fire

Unknown at this time.

Synopsis

Brief Synopsis

A fire occurred at a 16 storey high rise building used as dwellings that killed, officially, 15 persons and injured at least 63 with 5 of those that died being children (Wikipedia, 2015).

The fire involved combustible external cladding with most victims being killed by toxic smoke. It is not currently known what cladding material was used e.g. Aluminium Composite Panels (ACM) or with some other descriptions online suggesting ‘Polyurethane panelling’ (RT, 2015 and RFERL 2, 2015) or ‘Styrofoam facing’ (Wikipedia, 2015).

The disaster led to severe outrage among the population and provoked a lot of discussions around the material used in the renovation of the facade of more than 200 apartment blocks in Baku built in the Soviet period. Consequently, the Mayoralty started the process of removing the facade of the buildings where the material causing the fire was used.(Wikipedia, 2015).

A similar fire had erupted in Baku a few days earlier, on 10 April 2015, but there were no injuries and casualties. The reason for both of the fires is indicated as low quality inflammable facade material used in the renovation. (Wikipedia, 2015).

According to unknown author, 2017, 6 people were sentenced to prison terms of between 8 and 3 ½ years on January 27th 2017 for offences relating to the fire (Unknown author, 2017).

Pic 01 and 02

Baku High Rise residence fire, photograph kindly provided courtesy of Will Stewart, from East2West News, 2015.

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Baku High Rise residence fire, photograph kindly provided courtesy of Will Stewart, from East2West News, 2015.

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Baku High Rise residence fire, photograph kindly provided courtesy of Will Stewart, from East2West News, 2015.

Pic 05

Photograph taken and kindly donated to Wikipedia creative commons by Elshan Baba - Elshan Baba, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=40314572

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 Baku High Rise residence fire, image taken by Azadliq Radious, kindly submitted by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), from https://www.rferl.org/a/azerbaijan-deadly-fire-baku/27024774.html

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Baku High Rise residence fire, image taken by Ehtiram Jabi, kindly submitted by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), from https://www.rferl.org/a/azerbaijan-deadly-fire-baku/27024774.html

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Pic 08

Baku High Rise residence fire, image taken by Ehtiram Jabi, kindly submitted by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), from https://www.rferl.org/a/azerbaijan-deadly-fire-baku/27024774.html

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Baku High Rise residence fire, image taken by Ehtiram Jabi, kindly submitted by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), from https://www.rferl.org/a/azerbaijan-deadly-fire-baku/27024774.html

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Baku High Rise residence fire, image taken by Orkhan Aslanov kindly submitted by Will Stewart East2West News Agency, 2015.

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Baku High Rise residence fire, photograph kindly provided courtesy of Will Stewart, from East2West News, 2015.

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Baku High Rise residence fire, image taken by Ehtiram Jabi, kindly submitted by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), from https://www.rferl.org/a/azerbaijan-deadly-fire-baku/27024774.html

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Baku High Rise residence fire, photograph kindly provided courtesy of Will Stewart, from East2West News, 2015.

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Baku High Rise residence fire, photograph kindly provided courtesy of Will Stewart, from East2West News, 2015.

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Baku High Rise residence fire, image taken by Ehtiram Jabi, kindly submitted by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), from https://www.rferl.org/a/azerbaijan-deadly-fire-baku/27024774.html

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High Rise residence fire, image taken by Ehtiram Jabi, kindly submitted by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), from https://www.rferl.org/a/azerbaijan-deadly-fire-baku/27024774.html

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Baku High Rise residence fire, image taken by Azadliq Radious, kindly submitted by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), from https://www.rferl.org/a/azerbaijan-deadly-fire-baku/27024774.html

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Main findings, key lessons & areas for learning

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Government (agency and/or department) summary of main findings, conclusions, key lessons & recommendations

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Fire & Rescue Service summary of main findings, conclusions, key lessons & recommendations

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Other report summary of main findings, conclusions, key lessons &recommendations

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IFE Commentary & lessons if applicable

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Known available source documents

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FRS Incident Report/s

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Local Police Service or Constabulary Incident Report/s

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Local Ambulance Service Incident Report

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Building Research Establishment (BRE) Reports/investigations/research

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Local Coroner’s report/s

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Other information sources

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Mackay, D. (2015). Sixteen dead and scores injured as Azerbaijan tower block engulfed in flames. [online]. Available at http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/sixteen-dead-scores-injured-azerbaijan-5725710 [Accessed 4th March 2017]. The Mirror.

Wikipedia. (2015). 2015 Baku residence building fire. [online]. Available at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2015_Baku_residence_building_fire [Accessed 4th March 2017].

APA. (2016). Baku court resumes trial of defendants in case over deadly high-rise fire. [online]. Available at http://en.apa.az/azerbaijani-news/accidents-incidents-news/baku-court-resumes-trial-of-defendants-in-case-over-deadly-high-rise-fire.html [Accessed 4th March 2017].

RFE/RL. (2018). At least 15 killed in Baku high-rise apartment fire. [online]. Available at; https://www.rferl.org/a/azerbaijan-deadly-fire-baku/27024774.html [Accessed 14th August 2018]. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFERL)

RFE/RL 2. (2018). Deadly blaze reveals ugly truth behind Baku beautification. [online]. Available at; https://www.rferl.org/a/azerbaijan-public-anger-over-deadly-fire/27027429.html [Accessed 14th August 2018]. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFERL)

Unknown author. (2017). Baku court jails six over apartment-tower blaze. [online]. Available at; https://www.rferl.org/a/azerbaijan-baku-aprtment-tower-fire-sentences/28263010.html [Accessed 14th August 2018]. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFERL)

R.T. (2015). 17 dead in Azerbaijan as high-rise combusts in seconds (PHOTOS, VIDEO). [online]. Available at; https://www.rt.com/news/260125-azerbaijan-building-fire-fatal/ [Accessed 14th August 2018]. RT.

Further information hoping to be identified and still to be located.

Emergency service learning material

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Videos available

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Storyful News. (2015) Deadly fire in Azerbaijan high-rise building. [online]. Available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXg7QGiN9KM [Accessed on 4th March 2017]. YouTube.

The building shown in reference below does NOT appear to be the same one but is of interest due to the speed fire development.

 

Teymur. I. S. (2015). 2-nd fire of polyurethane façade at Baku, Azerbai. [online]. Available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7SCfXFkTZE [Accessed 17th December 2017]. Youtube.

Bakufm TV. (2015). Bakı şəhərinin Binəqədi rayonunda yaşayış binasında baş verən yanğın [online]. Available at; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNnKXMzhz1M&itct=CAsQpDAYByITCIeyo6XH7tcCFYMhTgodtUoMOjIHcmVsYXRlZEiBtrm6soiV3PMB&app=desktop [Accessed 23rd July 2018]. YouTube.

Texas-Jonathan. (2015). Baki yangin faciesi (bakida bas vermis bina yangininin aglasigmaz goruntusu). [online]. Available at; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNMNTuyy8d0 [Accessed 23rd July]. YouTube.

ONN COM +. (2015). 16 deaths including children .Heavy fire on Building in Azerbaijan 19/05/2015. [online]. Available at; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XT6N0cQBsVk [Accessed 23rd July]. YouTube.

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