New Delhi (Sputnik): A devastating fire that began on Thursday at a 19-storey office building in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka is still out of control as scores of firefighters including the Bangladesh defence forces have been pressed into service. The incident happened in Banani, an upmarket commercial district in the Bangladeshi capital.
FIRE OUTBREAK: many believed trapped in building in Dhaka, Bangladesh https://t.co/O5uUCdvq9Z— Shauntv Global (@shauntvGlobal) March 28, 2019
Witnesses said people were seen shouting for help on the upper floors and now viral videos on social media show people falling from the building situated in Dhaka's commercial hub.
A #terrible and #devastating #fire has broken out in #Banani, #FRTower, multiple #casualties suspected, with people jumping off from the building to save themselves. #prayers for the poor souls. Warning #graphicvideo pic.twitter.com/xlNkoelh7n— Tahsin Mahmood (@tahsinzone) March 28, 2019
Local media quoted an official in the Fire Department control room, Ershad Hossain, who confirmed that the FR Tower in Dhaka's Banani area caught fire Thursday afternoon.
Authorities have not confirmed casualties, although, local reports and visuals confirm several people falling from the building trying to escape the fire.
A multi storey building is on fire in Dhaka, Bangladesh, several feared trapped pic.twitter.com/EAp7mHIQmE— Khalid khi (@khalid_pk) March 28, 2019
Visuals show people climbing from cables on the exterior of the 19-storey building to escape the fire and there were also people waving to be rescued amid a thick cloud of smoke.
#bangladesh#fire Several people is trapped in the tower and some man break the window and slide down from the electric line. it is very dangerous pic.twitter.com/bzFdTUhjU0— (@JackGhiao) March 28, 2019
"Nineteen fire-fighting units are working at the scene. Bangladesh Navy and Air Force have also joined to fight the fire", duty officer Mohammad Russel from Dhaka's central fire service control room told local media.
Local media visuals confirm the presence of emergency crews at the scene as well as military helicopters. It is feared that several people are still trapped in the building although no number has been yet put out by the administration.
Seventy people were killed in a similar massive blaze in Dhaka's old quarter. In another major disaster in 2010 in the Nimtoli area of Dhaka, 123 people burned to death.
#BreakingNews Many people are believed to have got trapped in the burning building while an unspecified number of panicked people suffered injuries as they jumped off its different floors for safety.#Bangladesh #bananifire pic.twitter.com/s5gKqgdQ2l— Hasibul Hossain Shanto (@HasibulShanto86) March 28, 2019