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A person looks on as firefighters attempt to extinguish a fire at a multi-storey commercial building in Dhaka. Photograph: Reuters

High-rise fire in Dhaka prompts people to jump from building

19 confirmed dead; 70 others injured treated at hospitals after fire in commercial area of capital

WT24 Desk

A huge fire has torn through a 19-storey commercial building in Dhaka, with many office workers feared trapped in the latest major inferno to hit the Bangladesh capital, AFP, Agencies report.

People were seen shouting for help from windows, video footage from the scene showed, while at least six people jumped out of the burning tower, according to report.

Helicopters dropped water on the burning building from above while hundreds of panicked onlookers crowded the streets in the upmarket commercial district of Banani.

Scores of firefighters were backed by navy and air force experts, authorities said.

Shoikot Rahman ran to safety after hearing colleagues raise the alarm, narrowly escaping the smoke and flames engulfing the building. “When I heard a fire broke out in the building, I quickly rushed out of the building,” he told AFP. “Many of my colleagues are still trapped in the office.”

Meanwhile, nineteen persons were confirmed deead while seventy others were injured in the incident.

One of the deceased was identified as Abdullah Al Faruk, 35, while identity of another victim could not be known immediately.

Faruk, who suffered 95 per cent burns in the fire, succumbed to his injuries at Dhaka Medical College Hospital around 4:20pm, Dr Samanta Lal Sen, chief coordinator of National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery of the DMCH, told reporters.

The other victim, aged around 30 years, died after he was taken to Kurmitola General Hospital where the many other injured victims are being taken, according to an on-duty medical officer of the hospital.

There was no official word on how many people were trapped inside.

A massive blaze in Dhaka’s old quarter last month killed at least 70 people and injured 50 others.

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