Iranian state media: 19 killed in Teheran building collapse

Iranian state television and radio say that 19 people have been killed when a building collapsed in the Iranian capital. The television report Monday quotes prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi as saying that the building in the Sa'adatabad district in northern Teheran has for a month been on the verge of collapsing but that the occupants did not take municipality warnings to evacuate seriously. Mortazavi says authorities detained five people, including the building owner and contractors, and have said that "serious punishment" is in store for those responsible for the "disastrous" incident.