Bangladesh fire death toll rises to 25

The fire broke out around lunchtime in a 19-storey commercial building in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
The fire broke out around lunchtime in a 19-storey commercial building in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

The death toll from a fire in a commercial building in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka risen to 25, a police officer says.

"We have confirmed the identity of 25 people who died in the fire," Dhaka Metropolitan Police spokesman Mostaq Ahmed told reporters.

The fire broke out at the 19-storey Faruk Rupayan Tower in Dhaka's northern Babani area at lunchtime on Thursday, leaving many people trapped inside.

Fire department official Abdus Samad Azad said it took a joint team of firefighters, army, navy and air force personnel more than six hours to put out the blaze.

More than 100 people were rescued from the building, with 68 sent to different medical facilities to be treated for injuries.

A Sri Lankan national identified as Nirash Chandra died after he jumped out of the building, the head of Kurmitola General Hospital, Brigadier General Rafiqun Nabi, told reporters.

At least 70 people were killed and 55 others injured in February after a fire broke out in a densely populated residential area at Chawk Bazar in the old part of Dhaka.

Australian Associated Press