Bangladesh: At least 69 dead in fire in apartment used as chemical warehouse in Dhaka
Dhaka, Feb 21: At least 69 people have died in a huge fire that tore through apartment buildings also used as chemical warehouses in an old part of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka.
The incident took place at Chawkbazar in the old part of Dhaka around 10:40 pm on Wednesday. The flames engulfed four adjoining buildings, which were also used as chemical warehouses, including for storing plastic granules and body sprays.
A fire official said the blaze might have originated from a gas cylinder, with the fire quickly spreading through the building where highly flammable chemicals were stored.
A similar fire in 2010 in an old Dhaka building, which was also used as a chemical warehouse, killed more than 120 people in one of the worst fire tragedies in Dhaka.