At least 70 people dead in Bangladesh fire

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 6:43 PM PT — Thursday, February 21, 2019

At least 70 people are dead and dozens more are injured following a warehouse fire in Bangladesh.

Officials in the capital city of Dhaka believe the fire started when a gas cylinder exploded in the warehouse, where perfumes and plastics are stored.

There is currently no estimation of how many people sustained injuries, but authorities expect the number of confirmed deaths to rise as firefighters search through the rubble.

In this Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, photo, firefighters and local people help douse a fire in Dhaka, Bangladesh. A devastating fire raced through at least five buildings in an old part of Bangladesh’s capital and killed scores of people. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu)

“I saw with my own eyes that a sudden massive bang with fire and shockwaves totally destroyed the roadside wall. I was on a rickshaw when the explosion took place. I don’t think my rickshaw driver is alive anymore.” — Hazi Mohammed Salauddin, Bangladeshi man injured in the fire

Many of the city’s residents said the fire is reminiscent of a similar tragedy that left 120 people dead in 2010.

Locals and firefighters gather around buildings that caught fire late Wednesday in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019. A devastating fire raced through at least five buildings in an old part of Bangladesh’s capital and killed scores of people. (AP Photo/Rehman Asad)

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