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World7-story building fire in Dhaka, Bangladesh kills 43 people

7-story building fire in Dhaka, Bangladesh kills 43 people

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At least 43 people died after a fire broke out in a seven-story building in an upscale neighborhood of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka. Meanwhile, dozens of other residents were injured.

“So far 43 people have died as a result of the fire,” said Bangladesh Health Minister, Samanta Lal Sen, as reported by AFP after visiting Dhaka Medical College Hospital and the adjoining burns hospital, Friday (1/3/2024).

Sen said at least 40 injured people were being treated at the city’s main burns hospital. Fire official Mohammad Shihab said the blaze started at a popular biriyani restaurant on Dhaka’s Bailey Road at 9.50pm Thursday (29/2).

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The fire quickly spread to the upper floors, trapping many people. Firefighters brought the fire under control within two hours.

They rescued 75 people alive, a statement from the fire service said. The Bailey Road building mostly houses restaurants along with several clothing and cell phone stores.

“We were on the sixth floor when we first saw smoke rising through the stairs. Many people rushed upstairs. We used water pipes to get down from the building. Some of us were injured when they jumped from the top floor,” said restaurant manager Sohel.

Others were trapped on the roof and screaming for help. “Thank God. We got all the women and children down including my wife and children. All of us men were on the roof. The fire brigade was standing next to us. Fifty haven’t come down yet,” wrote Kamruzzaman Majumdar, a professor of environmental science.

Fires in apartment buildings and factory complexes are common in Bangladesh due to lax enforcement of safety regulations.

In July 2021, at least 52 people died including many children when a fire broke out at a food processing factory. In February 2019, 70 people died when fire engulfed several apartment blocks in Dhaka.

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