Dhaka, March 28: At least 17 people, including a Sri Lankan national, were killed and over 50 injured when a massive fire engulfed 22-story building in Dhaka’s posh Banani area on Thursday, in the latest blaze to hit the Bangladeshi capital.
The incident, which happened on Thursday afternoon in a building that houses several garment shops and internet service providers, left several people trapped inside as the blaze spread to two adjacent buildings.
The blaze that razed the 22-story FR Tower in the city’s Banani area housing offices and restaurants started on the seventh floor at around 1 p.m.
Manzur Morshed, a survivor, said it was feared that many people were still trapped inside the building.
“I was in a bathroom on the 17th floor when I got the news of fire… We all rushed to the top floor and jumped off to the next building, which was close by,” he said.
Three of the victims died after falling off the building while trying to escape the blaze, said Sazzadur Rahman, a medical official.
A Sri Lankan national is among the injured, a police official said.
Such fires are not uncommon in Bangladesh owing to lack of safety regulations and ill-maintained buildings.
At least 70 people were killed and dozens injured in a massive fire in Dhaka’s chemical hub Chawkbazar in February. (Agencies)