Many people have been trapped inside the building, however hearth officials stated after battling the blaze for a number of hours that the majority had been rescued.
“The state of affairs is beneath management,” stated Debashish Bardhan, a Hearth Service and Civil Protection deputy director.
The hearth had misplaced some of its depth however was not yet absolutely extinguished, Bardhan stated.
Firefighters have been shattering the constructing’s glass walls to free toxic fuel.
The hearth at the FR Tower, situated on a busy avenue in Dhaka’s Banani business district, was the newest in a city the place flouted building laws and safety norms have made deadly blazes widespread.
Banani police chief Forman Ali informed reporters that seven individuals including a Sri Lankan had died and at the least 28 others have been injured.
A Fb Stay video taken by Roy Pinaki confirmed five individuals scaling down from windows whereas burnt building materials fell round them. One individual slipped from what seemed to be a rope that folks have been utilizing to flee, bounced off utility wires and fell to the bottom.
Army helicopters joined the rescue operation, and one individual dangled from a helicopter hovering over the roof as thick plumes of smoke cascaded upward.
Greater than a dozen individuals who fled to the roof have been rescued by firefighters using hydraulic cranes, Bardhan stated.
Witness Sajib Hasan stated some individuals shouted for assist from home windows on the upper flooring of the building. Heavy smoke deterred efforts by responders to get close to them, but Hasan stated he watched a minimum of a dozen individuals get rescued.
Banani, the world where the hearth broke out, is a busy business district with multistory buildings housing workplaces, universities and restaurants.
Tushar-or-Rashid, an worker of the Vivid Holidays tour firm on the constructing’s first flooring, stated the hearth started above them.
“All of our employees have come out safely but we don’t know what happened to the individuals who work in the upper flooring,” he stated. Rashid stated the building has 21 flooring.
Fires are widespread in Bangladesh. Final month, a fireplace within the oldest a part of Dhaka, a 400-yr-previous space cramped with flats, outlets and warehouses, left at the least 67 individuals lifeless.
In 2012, a fireplace raced via a garment manufacturing unit on the outskirts of Dhaka, killing a minimum of 112 individuals trapped behind its locked gates. Lower than six months later, another constructing containing garment factories collapsed, killing greater than 1,one hundred individuals.
Another hearth in a house illegally storing chemical compounds in Previous Dhaka killed no less than 123 individuals in 2010.
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