In Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh an apartment building also used as chemical warehouses got fired today. Officials reported that 70 people died in this incident. Dozens of people were trapped in the buildings. They were unable to escape onto narrow streets clogged with traffic, as the highly combustible stores of chemicals, body sprays and plastic granules erupted in flames.
Haji Wahed Mansion is a four-storey building in the Chawkbazar area in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The ground floor of the depot had been operating as a depot of one of the Chemical Institutes. There was a sudden fire accident happened in this depot. This fire spread quickly to neighboring buildings.
Ahmed said the blaze at Chawkbazar in the old part of the city may have started with a gas cylinder before quickly spreading through a building where chemicals were stored.
“There was a traffic jam when the fire broke out. It spread so quickly that people could not escape,” he said, describing a part of town where the streets are very narrow and residential buildings stand just centimetres apart.
Television images showed firefighters climbing ladders to try to spray water on one of the buildings where the fire had largely been contained. One helicopter was also seen hovering over the area.
Bacchu Mia, a police inspector at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital said at least 45 people were injured, including four who were in critical condition. Hundreds of people rushed to the hospital to look for missing relatives.
Dhaka city authorities launched a crackdown on chemical warehouses in residential areas following the blaze, but efforts to rein in the practice have waned in recent years.