100 Dead in Bangladesh Fire

Blaze engulfs apartment blocks in Dhaka
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 4, 2010 1:20 AM CDT
Rescuers transport a person injured in a fire for treatment to the Dhaka Medical College Hospital in Dhaka, Bangladesh.   (AP Photo/ Pavel Rahman)
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(Newser) – Over 100 people have been killed in a fire that ripped through a crowded residential neighborhood in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The fire, caused by a fault in an electrical transformer, spread rapidly as it consumed chemicals in stores and small-scale factories, and quickly engulfed several apartment blocks, Reuters reports.

"Flames leapt up to the sixth floor of buildings. It was a huge inferno, " one witness said. Victims included many guests who were trapped at a wedding party on the roof of one of the buildings. Over 150 people, many with serious burns, were hospitalized. "I've never had such a harrowing experience in my 40 years here," a doctor at the burns unit of the Dhaka Medical College Hospital said as patients and grieving relatives crammed the corridors.

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