WORLD High-rise building fire kills 19 in Bangladesh

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High-rise building fire kills 19 in Bangladesh

Xinhua

18:30, March 28, 2019

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Bangladeshi firefighters on ladders work to extinguish a blaze in an office building in Dhaka on March 28, 2019. (Photo: VCG)

DHAKA, March 28 (Xinhua) - At least 19 people including a Sri Lankan man were killed and scores of others injured as a massive fire engulfed a high-rise building in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka on Thursday, a fire department official told Xinhua.

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A Bangladeshi survivor reacts after being rescued by firefighters from a burning office building in Dhaka on March 28, 2019. (Photo: VCG)

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Locals help firefighters douse a fire in a multi-storied office building in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, March 28, 2019. (Photos: AP)

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A firefighter works to douse a fire in a multi-storied office building in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, March 28, 2019.

The majority of deaths resulted from smoke inhalation and injuries sustained after falling from upper floors, Forman Ali, officer-in-charge of Banani Police Station, told reporters.

"Seven people including the Sri Lankan national have been killed," he added.

The Sri Lankan man sustained serious injuries as he jumped off the building to escape the fire and died before he was rushed to the hospital.

The fire was brought under control at around 6:00 p.m. local time.

The blaze started on its seventh floor of the 22-storey FR Tower housing offices, TV and radio stations and restaurants at around 1:00 p.m. local time on Thursday.

Some 100 people were rushed to different city hospitals with injuries.

A Fire Service official said they managed to rescue dozens of people trapped in the building's upper floors.

Mizanur Rahman, a fire department control room official, told Xinhua that as many as 21 fire-fighting units were battling the blaze. 

It was not clear how many people were inside the building when it caught fire. The cause of the fire was not immediately known.  

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