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At least 81 dead as blaze rips through buildings in Bangladeshi capital

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The flames raced through four adjoining buildings which were also used as chemical warehouses

Dhaka: At least 69 people were killed as a massive fire on Wednesday night ripped through several buildings also used as chemical and plastic warehouses in an old part of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka.

Authorities have told the BBC on Thursday morning that the death toll stood at 60 but that the fire had been brought under control. About 50 people were injured, with some critically burned.

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.

In 2016, a court ordered 38 people, including owner Sohel Rana, to face trial for murder for falsely certifying the factory complex as safe.

Meanwhile, the people who were injured in the fire, were admitted in the nearby hospitals.

A devastating fire raced through at least five buildings in an old part of Bangladesh's capital and killed scores of people.

The fire broke out at a chemical warehouse on the ground floor of a four-storey building named Hazi Wahed Mansion behind a Mosque in Old Dhaka's Chawkbazar area and the flames then quickly spread through four other buildings nearby, including a community centre, fire officials said.

Mahfuz Riben, a control room official of the Fire Service and Civil Defence in Dhaka, said numerous victims had been trapped inside buildings.

Numerous factory workers had left the building for lunch at the time, but witnesses described seeing dozens of trapped workers jumping from the 10th floor of the building to escape.

Large building fires are relatively common in impoverished Bangladesh, due in part to lax regulations, and have killed hundreds of people in recent years.

Volunteers recover a dead body from a burnt warehouse in Dhaka, Bangladesh, February 21, 2019.

Industrial blaze: A fire swept through a nine-story garment factory near Dhaka in November 2012 killing 111 workers.

Rahman said the cause was still under investigation. Above, a soldier inspects a room of charred sewing machines.

Flames rise from a fire in a densely packed shopping area in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The blaze began at an apartment building which was partly used to store chemicals.

A fire triggered by a boiler explosion at a cigarette packaging factory north of Dhaka on September 10 killed some 31 people.

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