A Norooz handcraft exhibition set up next to Hegmataneh Museum in Hamadan caught fire on March 30 due to an unattended heater left on all night.

Ten of the exhibition’s 70 stalls reportedly have been completely destroyed. The museum was not affected by the fire, but the handcrafts set up for sale were completely destroyed.

Cultural heritage activists say Hamadan Province is in need of a permanent Bazaar as a place to exhibit handcrafts and art objects from the region, instead of setting up temporary spots in the historic areas such as the Tomb of Baba Taher and Hegmataneh Hill, which also results in harm to the historic sites.