A fire in a high-rise office building in Bangladesh’s capital has been brought under full control with the death toll climbing to 25, fire officials said.
- 70 people are being treated for burns at the Dhaka Medical College hospital
- The high-rise blaze follows another fire last month that killed dozens
- In 2012, a fire at a garment factory killed 112 people trapped inside
The blaze that burned for several hours on Thursday had trapped people inside the building.
Some shouted for help from windows on upper floors and the roof, while footage shows some scrambling out windows to escape the blaze.
The fire injured about 70 people and many are now being treated at Dhaka Medical College Hospital’s burn unit.
But fire officials on Friday said most had been rescued, and firefighters and forensic investigators were working at the scene.
Firefighters work to douse a fire in a multi-storied office building in Dhaka, Bangladesh. (AP: Mahmud Hossain Opu)
Mostak Ahmed, a deputy commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, said the death toll rose to 25 with all but one person identified.
Based on information provided by relatives, no one appeared to still be unaccounted for, he said.
“Still we are checking, if someone comes to us we will verify,” he said.
At least 19 firefighting units tried to rescue the people trapped inside. (AP: Mahmud Hossain Opu)
Fire Service duty officer Forhadul Alam said hospital authorities have started handing over the bodies to their families.
The fire at the FR Tower, on a busy avenue in Dhaka’s Banani commercial district, was the latest in a country where crowding, flouted building regulations and safety norms have made deadly blazes common.
Last month, a fire in the oldest part of Dhaka, a 400-year-old area cramped with apartments, shops and warehouses, left dozens dead.
In 2012, a fire at a garment factory killed at least 112 people trapped behind its locked gates.
Less than six months later, another building containing garment factories collapsed, killing more than 1,100 people.
Another fire in a house illegally storing chemicals in Old Dhaka killed at least 123 people in 2010.