- The author writes about her ties to the doomed Plasco building, which her grandfather built
- She writes that her grandfather, who grew up poor in Tehran's Jewish ghetto, wanted to modernize Iran
Shahrzad Elghanayan, a freelance news photo editor, is writing a book about her grandfather, Habib Elghanian, who built the Plasco building. The views expressed are her own.
(CNN)The mission to put out the fire that engulfed the iconic Plasco building in central Tehran ended in the sudden collapse of the 17-story structure and the deaths of more than 20 firefighters. The towering inferno of death and destruction shocked and saddened Iranians and exiles around the world.