At least 69 people dead in fire in apartments in Bangladesh

At least 69 people have died in fire took place in apartment buildings also used as chemical warehouses in an old part of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, fire officials said today.

Fire control room official Mahfuz Riben told leading news agency, that 69 people had been killed while Bangladesh’s fire service chief Ali Ahmed said the death toll could rise further. Dozens of people were trapped in the buildings, unable to escape onto narrow streets clogged with traffic, as the highly combustible stores of chemicals, body sprays and plastic granules erupted in flames.

Another fire official told reporters the blaze, which began around 10.40pm (16:40 GMT) on Wednesday, has been “confined” but not yet extinguished despite the efforts of more than 200 firefighters.

“It will take time. This is not like any other fire,” he said, adding the inferno became so devastating due to the “highly combustible” chemicals stored there.

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