Fire erupts at Iraqi Oil Ministry building in Baghdad

            By Ali Jawad <br>

BAGHDAD (AA) – A fire broke out at Iraq’s Oil Ministry headquarters in central Baghdad on Thursday, according to a local police source.

Ahmed Khalaf, a Baghdad police officer, told Anadolu Agency that the fire had torn through at least one floor of the building.

Civil-defense teams, he said, were still fighting to prevent the blaze from spreading to other floors.

<p>&quot;There is no information thus far regarding the extent of the damage or the cause of the fire,&quot; he said.<br>

Several Iraqi government institutions have been damaged by fire in recent months.

Earlier this month, at least nine people were killed when a fire tore through a government-run women’s shelter in Baghdad.