At least 19 people died in a massive fire broke out at a high-rise office building in Bangladesh’s capital city of Dhaka. Fire officials said that at least 65 people got injured and many are trapped after the fire catches 22-storey FR Tower in the city’s Banani area.
There were several offices and restaurants in the building. The fire started around 1 pm on the eighth floor of the building and engulfed other floors within no time. The cause of the fire is still not known.
“The situation is under control,” said Debashish Bardhan, a Fire Service and Civil Defense deputy director.
The fire had lost some of its intensity but was not yet fully extinguished, Bardhan said.
At least six people lost their lives after jumping from the 22-floor building, officials said.
Some workers slid down a television cable on the side of the building. Others grabbed ropes lowered by emergency service helicopters which pulled them out of the blaze.
The inferno erupted barely a month after at least 70 people were killed in Dhaka apartment buildings where illegally stored chemicals exploded.
Farid Uddin, a duty officer of the Fire Service and Civil Defence headquarters, told a leading Bangladesh news website that the fire was brought under control around 4:45pm.
Fire-fighters broke the building’s glass walls to free toxic gas while over a dozen were rescued or they managed get themselves out from the burning building.
A 20-member military team has entered the building with necessary equipment to salvage the trapped people, a military officer at the spot said.
(Inputs from media reports)