Tuesday 23 April 2019

'Workers trapped' as fire breaks out in office building in Bangladesh capital

A person looks on as firefighters attempt to extinguish a fire at a multi-storey commercial building in Dhaka, Bangladesh, March 28, 2019. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain
A person looks on as firefighters attempt to extinguish a fire at a multi-storey commercial building in Dhaka, Bangladesh, March 28, 2019. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain
Volunteers help to clear the road as fire broke out at a multi-storey commercial building in Dhaka, Bangladesh, March 28, 2019. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain
People react as fire broke out at a multi-storey commercial building in Dhaka, Bangladesh, March 28, 2019. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain
A rescued person is taken to the ambulance as fire broke out at a multi-storey commercial building in Dhaka, Bangladesh, March 28, 2019. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain
People are seen being rescued as fire broke out at a multi-storey commercial building in Dhaka, Bangladesh, March 28, 2019. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain
People are seen being rescued as fire broke out at a multi-storey commercial building in Dhaka, Bangladesh, March 28, 2019. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain
People are seen being rescued as fire broke out at a multi-storey commercial building in Dhaka, Bangladesh, March 28, 2019. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain
A trapped person waves to be rescued as fire broke out at a multi-storey commercial building in Dhaka, Bangladesh, March 28, 2019. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain
People stand outside a building on fire, in Dhaka, Bangladesh March 29, 2019 in this picture grab obtained from a social media video. MAX SECURE LIMITED/via REUTERS
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A fire has broken out in an office building in Bangladesh's capital, and some people are feared to be trapped inside.

Fire Department control room official Ershad Hossain said at least 19 firefighting units were working to douse the blaze and rescue people inside the FR Tower, located on a busy avenue in Dhaka's Banani commercial district.

There was no immediate confirmation of casualties, although some reports said several people fell from the building while trying to escape the fire.

Witness Sajib Hasan said people were seen shouting for help from windows on the upper floors of the building.

People react as fire broke out at a multi-storey commercial building in Dhaka, Bangladesh, March 28, 2019. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain
People react as fire broke out at a multi-storey commercial building in Dhaka, Bangladesh, March 28, 2019. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain

Military helicopters joined the rescue operation.

People are seen being rescued as fire broke out at a multi-storey commercial building in Dhaka, Bangladesh, March 28, 2019. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain
People are seen being rescued as fire broke out at a multi-storey commercial building in Dhaka, Bangladesh, March 28, 2019. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain
People stand outside a building on fire, in Dhaka, Bangladesh March 29, 2019 in this picture grab obtained from a social media video. MAX SECURE LIMITED/via REUTERS
People stand outside a building on fire, in Dhaka, Bangladesh March 29, 2019 in this picture grab obtained from a social media video. MAX SECURE LIMITED/via REUTERS

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