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Fire crews extinguish blaze at Istanbul tower block

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A helicopter releases water above a blazing tower block in Istanbul, Turkey on July 17, 2012. A large fire broke out in a 42-storey tower block in central Istanbul on Tuesday, sending thick smoke billowing into the air before firefighters extinguished the blaze, and there were no reports of casualties, officials said.

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Debris fell from the upper floors of the building, made up of apartments and offices.

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Firefighters try to put out the fire. Occupants of the building exited wearing breathing masks. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Reuters reports — A large fire broke out in a 42-storey tower block in central Istanbul on Tuesday, sending thick smoke billowing into the air before firefighters extinguished the blaze, and there were no reports of casualties, officials said.

Live images on Turkish television earlier showed debris falling from the upper floors of the building, which is made up of residential apartments and offices, as fire crews fought the blaze.

People wearing breathing masks were led out by fire crews. Read the full story.