Bangladesh Fire: At Least 19 People Died After Blaze Hit Banani Building in Dhaka

Updated On 29 Mar, 2019 Published On

At least 19 people died after a fire hit a high-rise office building in the capital city of Bangladesh, Dhaka, officials confirmed on Friday, March 29. 

The blaze that broke out on Thursday, March 28, and burned for several hours trapped people inside the building. The tragic incident led people shouting for help from windows on the upper floors and the roof.

According to fire officials, most of the people had been rescued. No smoke was visible by Friday morning. Firefighters and forensic investigators have been working at the scene.

At least 70 people were injured due to the building fire. Many of the victims are being treated at Dhaka Medical College's burn unit.

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According to Fire Service duty officer Forhadul Alam, a rescue operation was held overnight using flashlights. A final search was done this morning.

A deputy fire service director, Mizanur Rahman, told media that they didn't find additional bodies during the night. Authorities have started handing the bodies over to their families.

The fire at the FR Tower was the latest in a country where safety norms and flouted building regulations have made deadly blazes common.

Last month, a fire in the oldest part of Dhaka left at least 67 people dead. In 2012, a fire at a garment factory killed more than  112 people after being trapped behind its locked gates.

Six months later, more than 1,100 people were killed after a building containing garment factories collapsed.

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