Videos show fire at home of Iran's late Ayatollah Khomeini

STORY: Reuters has verified the location of the videos using the distinctive arches and buildings which match file images. Reuters could not independently verify the dates of the videos, though activist network 1500Tasvir said the incident occurred on Thursday (November 17).

The semi-official Tasnim news agency, however, denied Khomeini's house was set on fire, saying a small number of people had gathered outside the house.

"The report is a lie," said the Tasnim news agency, adding: "the doors of the house of the late founder of the great revolution are open to the public."

The social media videos show dozens of people cheering as a flash of fire is sparked in a building.

Social media posts said the house had been converted into a museum.

Nationwide protests have gripped Iran. They were ignited by the Sept. 16 death of young Iranian Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini, whom morality police had arrested for allegedly flouting the Islamic dress code.

Khomeini died in 1989.