Published: Thu, March 28, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

17 die as high-rise office building catches fire

17 die as high-rise office building catches fire

" Similarly, three more male victims were declared dead on arrival by the doctors of United Hospital", Sazzadur Rahman Shuvo, a senior executive of the hospital, was quoted as saying by the paper after he confirmed the deaths.

Bacchu Miah, the in-charge of Dhaka Medical College Hospital police outpost, said a critically injured people died at hospital. About 20 others were taken here to our hospital as injured.

Three hospitals reported that six men and women had died or arrived with fatal injuries after jumping from the office block.

Helicopters dropped water on the blaze as flames and thick black smoke poured out of the windows.

By evening there were still some pockets of fire in the building, though it had largely been doused, officials said. Since then, the building was surrounded by onlookers and volunteer helpers.

"When I heard a fire broke out in the building, I quickly rushed out of the building", Shoikot Rahman told AFP news agency.

While the actual reason behind the blaze was not known, eye witnesses and a government officer at the spot said that the fire broke out on the eight floor of the building and later spread to the other parts.

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

Al Jazeera's Tanveer Chaudhry, reporting from Dhaka, said "at least six people have jumped off the building". Heavy smoke deterred efforts by responders to get close to them, but Hasan said he watched at least a dozen people get rescued.

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Several people are still believed to be trapped inside the tower in the Banani area of the Bangladeshi capital, according to The Daily Star news website.

At least 19 firefighting units using hydraulic lifts trained two hoses on the building.

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

Sources said that the fire badly affected four floors of the 22-storey building.

"All of our staff have come out safely, but we don't know what happened to the people who work in the upper floors", he said.

There was no immediate confirmation of casualties.

Last month, a massive fire killed 71 people in an old neighborhood of Dhaka, one the world's most densely populated cities.

"The fire is nearly under control", said Mizanur Rahman, a senior fire service official at the scene.

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