A quick-moving hearth has swept via a historic district of Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka, killing a minimum of 60.
The blaze broke out Wednesday night in a multi-storey residential constructing with the bottom flooring reportedly used to retailer flammable chemical compounds.
In response to native media, the fireplace shortly unfold to close by buildings.
Authorities have informed the BBC on Thursday morning that the loss of life toll stood at 60 however that the fireplace had been introduced underneath management.
The fireplace might need originated from a fuel cylinder earlier than shortly spreading via the constructing the place chemical compounds had been saved, the nation’s hearth service chief Ali Ahmed informed AFP.
The centuries-old Chawkbazar space of Dhaka characteristically has very slim streets and residential buildings solely inches aside.
The blaze raced via 4 adjoining buildings, Mr Ahmed added.
“There was a visitors jam when the fireplace broke out. It unfold so shortly that individuals couldn’t escape.”
In response to the Dhaka Tribune the constructing housed a plastics warehouse filled with flammable materials.
Victims additionally included individuals outdoors the buildings, some friends at a restaurant and members of a bridal celebration, deputy commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police Ibrahim Khan informed AFP.
Lots of the victims had been trapped within the buildings, in line with studies, unable to flee the flames.
One man, whose store was destroyed within the hearth, defined that he had narrowly escaped the blaze when he left to go to a pharmacy.
“Once I was on the pharmacy I heard an enormous bang,” Haji Abdul Kader informed AFP.
“I turned again and noticed the entire avenue in flames. Flames had been all over the place… I acquired burned and rushed to hospital.”
Bangladesh has a persistent downside with constructing security laws not being adopted.
In 2013, greater than 1,100 individuals died and hundreds extra had been injured when a constructing housing garment factories known as Rana Plaza in Dhaka collapsed.