Dhaka, FEB21: In an unfortunate incident, at least 69 people were killed as a massive fire on Wednesday night ripped through several buildings also used as chemical and plastic warehouses in an old part of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka.
The fire broke out at a chemical warehouse on the ground floor of a four-story building named Hazi Wahid Mansion behind a Mosque in Old Dhaka's Chawkbazar area and the flames then quickly spread through four other buildings nearby, including a community center, fire officials said.
At least 69 people have been killed in the massive blaze, fire officials said, adding that the death toll could rise further as dozens of people were trapped in the buildings and the firefighters were yet to enter into the main spot where the fire broke out.
"Most of the bodies were retrieved from the houses around that building while firefighters now prepare to enter into the five-story building, the main spot in search of more bodies," a police official at the scene said.
Witnesses said the victims also included passersby, some people who were eating food at a nearby restaurant and some members of a wedding party.
Fire officials said the second, third and fourth floors of the building were used as warehouses and plastic factories and there were some residential flats also.