Iran says fire at defence ministry warehouse extinguished, under investigation
An overnight fire at the Iranian defence ministry's battery warehouse was extinguished on Friday, state media reported, the latest in a series of incidents hitting the Islamic Republic's defence industry.
Officials said there were no reports of casualties and gave no details of damage to the storage site in the capital Tehran.
"One of the plastic warehouses related to battery manufacturing affiliated to the defence ministry" caught fire, said a defence ministry statement, adding that the cause of the blaze was under investigation.
Tehran's fire brigade said the fire broke out around midnight in a 2,000-square-metre storage area, and state TV aired footage of smoke rising from the scene.
Last month, Iran accused Israel of being behind a failed plot to sabotage its defence industry and the manufacture of missiles. It said a network of agents sought to introduce defective parts into the production of advanced missiles.
Israel did not respond to the allegations.