People trapped in blazing tower block ‘jump to their death trying to escape’ in Bangladesh 

People trapped in blazing tower block ‘jump to their death trying to escape’ in Bangladesh 

A huge fire has broken out in a 19-storey office building in Bangladesh's capital, with reports of people leaping from the building and others feared

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A huge fire has broken out in a 19-storey office building in Bangladesh’s capital, with reports of people leaping from the building and others feared trapped inside.

An official in the Fire Department control room, Ershad Hossain, says the FR Tower in Dhaka’s Banani area caught fire Thursday afternoon.

There was no immediate confirmation of casualties, although some reports said several people fell from the building trying to escape the fire.

People were climbing from cables on the exterior of the 19-storey building in Bangladesh's capital

People were climbing from cables on the exterior of the 19-storey building in Bangladesh's capital

People were climbing from cables on the exterior of the 19-storey building in Bangladesh’s capital 

At least 19 fire fighting units joined the operation to douse the blaze and rescue the people trapped inside

At least 19 fire fighting units joined the operation to douse the blaze and rescue the people trapped inside

At least 19 fire fighting units joined the operation to douse the blaze and rescue the people trapped inside

Witness Sajib Hasan said people were seen shouting for help from windows on the upper floors of the building.

Fire crews and military helicopters have rushed to the scene to join the rescue operation.  

‘Nineteen fire-fighting units are working at the scene. Bangladesh navy and air force have also joined to fight the fire,’ said duty officer Mohammad Russel from Dhaka’s central fire service control room. 

It is feared some people are trapped inside the office block in Banani, an upmarket commercial district in the Bangladeshi capital.

Reports say that several people were seen falling, while others tried to climb down ropes, from 19-storied FRTower in Banani while trying to escape the blaze

Reports say that several people were seen falling, while others tried to climb down ropes, from 19-storied FRTower in Banani while trying to escape the blaze

Reports say that several people were seen falling, while others tried to climb down ropes, from 19-storied FRTower in Banani while trying to escape the blaze

A huge cloud of smoke was seen billowing from the scene of the fire at FR Tower on Kamal Ataturk Road in Banani, Dhaka on Thursday

A huge cloud of smoke was seen billowing from the scene of the fire at FR Tower on Kamal Ataturk Road in Banani, Dhaka on Thursday

People stand outside an office building on fire, in Dhaka, Bangladesh March 29, 2019

People stand outside an office building on fire, in Dhaka, Bangladesh March 29, 2019

A huge cloud of smoke was seen billowing from the scene of the fire at FR Tower on Kamal Ataturk Road in Banani, Dhaka on Thursday 

Emergency crews were on the scene as well as military helicopters, amid fears that people remain trapped in the building

Emergency crews were on the scene as well as military helicopters, amid fears that people remain trapped in the building

Emergency crews were on the scene as well as military helicopters, amid fears that people remain trapped in the building 

RedCrescent volunteers were providing necessary first aid and and assisting the Fire Service and Civil Defence

RedCrescent volunteers were providing necessary first aid and and assisting the Fire Service and Civil Defence

RedCrescent volunteers were providing necessary first aid and and assisting the Fire Service and Civil Defence

An official in the Fire Department control room says the fire had broken out in an office building in Bangladesh's capital, and some people are feared trapped inside

An official in the Fire Department control room says the fire had broken out in an office building in Bangladesh's capital, and some people are feared trapped inside

An official in the Fire Department control room says the fire had broken out in an office building in Bangladesh’s capital, and some people are feared trapped inside

Images on social media showed intense flames and thick black smoke pouring out of the building, with panicked bystanders rushing in the crowded street below.

A massive blaze in Dhaka’s old quarter last month killed at least 70 people and injured 50 others.

Fire service officials said a warehouse of deodorant and granular plastic in one of the five buildings that caught fire fuelled that inferno, which took more than 12 hours to control.

The disaster recalled a June 2010 fire in the nearby neighbourhood of Nimtoli in which 123 people were killed.  

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