At Least 25 Die in Office Tower Fire in Dhaka, Bangladesh
March 29, 2019 02:05 PM NPT
As the fire climbed higher on Thursday afternoon, employees within the office building broke its windows and called for help.CreditMunir Uz Zaman/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
DHAKA, March 29: A fire broke out on Thursday in a large office tower in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, killing at least 25 people and injuring several dozen others, officials said.
Videos circulating on social media showed large flames burning through the 24-story building, F.R. Tower. On the ground, witnesses said several people had fallen while trying to descend using cables along the periphery of the building.
Officer Khurshid Anwar of the Bangladesh Fire Service said that 21 firefighting units had been dispatched to douse the blaze, which was brought under control late Thursday afternoon. Of the 25 people who died, he said, 19 were found inside the building in the evening. Among the dead was a Sri Lankan citizen.
At least 70 others were injured, and he warned that the death toll could increase. The cause of the fire was still unknown as of Thursday evening.
Mamunur Rashid Mumun, an executive at a multinational company on the 10th floor, was preparing for afternoon prayers around 12:45 p.m. when he received a call informing him that a fire had broken out a few floors below.