Fire rips through apartment buildings in Dhaka; 70 dead, 50 hurt

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Dhaka: At least 70 people were killed and 50 others injured after a massive fire ripped through apartment buildings and chemical warehouses in Bangladesh capital Dhaka.

According to officials, the blaze broke out Wednesday at 10:30 p.m. local time in Dhaka’s Chawkbazar area, a district in old Dhaka with sprawling narrow streets and densely-packed buildings.

The blaze, which is believed to have erupted after a fuel cylinder stored in a car exploded, gave to a tough challenge to the firemen and the dousing operation went throughout the night, sources said.

The fire spread across the area, engulfing a restaurant and five buildings, Dhaka Police informed media persons and added that two of the buildings were so badly damaged that it could collapse at any time.

When asked, Chawkbazar police said that they are yet to ascertain the number of causalities in the deadliest-ever fire tragedy and are shifting the injured victims to nearby hospitals.

“In the morning we were able to control the fire. The fire is now over,” Ibrahim Khan, deputy commissioner of Dhaka Police said.

Reportedly, the police have started the process to identify the victims.

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