Fire kills 69 in Bangladesh capital

DHAKA, Feb 21, 2019 (Xinhua) Rescuers work at a fire site in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Feb. 21, 2019. At least 40 people were killed and scores injured in a fire that ripped through a building in Bangladesh capital Dhaka Wednesday night, local media reported. The fire broke out at around 10 p.m. local time at a building in old Dhaka. The flames then quickly spread to other buildings nearby, said a local fire service official. (Xinhua/Salim Reza/IANS)

Dhaka (IANS) Death toll from the building fire in an old part of Bangladesh capital Dhaka has risen to 69 with scores others injured, fire service officials said on Thursday.

"We have so far recovered the bodies of 69 people," Mahfuz Riven, a duty officer of the Fire Service and Civil Defence, was quoted as saying by Xinhua news agency.

The fire broke out around 10:00 p.m. at a chemical warehouse in old Dhaka. 

The death toll in the fire could rise, warned the fire officials, who have been working throughout the night to douse the devastating fire.

Numerous people, including women and children, were also injured and admitted to nearby hospitals.

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