7 Jun 2010

100 die in Dhaka blaze

6:12 am on 7 June 2010

More than 100 people have died in a fire that engulfed a row of buildings in a crowded neighbourhood in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka. Scores more have been injured.

The Daily Star newspaper reports that the fire began after an explosion in an electrical transformer and then spread to residential and commercial buildings in the densely populated centuries-old Kayettuli district in the heart of the city.

The Bangla Vision TV station has quoted fire officials as saying the fire spread to at least 20 apartment complexes.

TV footage showed firefighters and residents carrying injured people by tricycle rickshaws to hospitals.

A doctor at the Bangladesh Medical College Hospital told the BBC that most of the dead had minimal burns and that most appeared to have died from smoke inhalation.