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Fire Outbreak Kills 43, Injures Dozens More

Micheal Chukwuebuka, Reporting 

A fire outbreak at a six-story shopping mall in the capital of Bangladesh, according to the health minister, killed at least 43 people overnight, leaving dozens of others injured.

Health Minister Samanta Lal Sen, on Friday, said the fire broke out late Thursday in the building in Dhaka’s downtown area.

Firefighters rescued survivors and pulled out bodies, and by early Friday, at least 43 people had died and at least 22 others were being treated, Stonix News gathered.

Firefighters said the fire began in a popular restaurant on the first floor of the mall in a busy commercial district at the heart of the capital, and that many people were trapped by the fire.

According to Sen, at least 33 people, including women and children, were declared dead at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital, while 10 others died after being taken to the Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery.

Fire Service and Civil Defense Director General Brig. Gen. Md. Main Uddin, said more than a dozen firefighting units were deployed to douse the fire that broke out at the Green Cozy Cottage Shopping Mall.

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At 75 people, including 42 who were unconscious, were rescued from the building, NBC News reported.

The cause of the fire, as of when filing this report, could not immediately be determined.

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