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Historic Bangladesh district razed by deadly fire

Updated : February 24, 2019 04:34 PM IST

Charred buildings and vehicles are all that remains of sections of a centuries-old shopping district in Bangladesh's capital, where a late-night fire raced through narrow alleys packed with residences, shops, restaurants and warehouses and killed dozens of people.

As the flames lit up the night, firefighters frantically doused the buildings in Dhaka's Chawkbazar area with water. Once morning broke and the blaze was under control, the search for the dead began. At least 67 deaths have been confirmed and some of the dozens injured suffered critical burns.

Flames rise from a fire in a densely packed shopping area in Dhaka, Bangladesh. A devastating fire raced through at least five buildings in an old part of Bangladesh's capital and killed scores of people. (AP Photo/Zabed Hasnain Chowdhury)
Flames rise from a fire in a densely packed shopping area in Dhaka, Bangladesh. A devastating fire raced through at least five buildings in an old part of Bangladesh's capital and killed scores of people. (AP Photo/Zabed Hasnain Chowdhury)
Firefighters try to douse flames in Dhaka, Bangladesh. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu)
Firefighters try to douse flames in Dhaka, Bangladesh. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu)
Firefighters try to douse flames of a smouldering fire in Dhaka. (AP Photo/Zabed Hasnain Chowdhury)
Firefighters try to douse flames of a smouldering fire in Dhaka. (AP Photo/Zabed Hasnain Chowdhury)
Firefighters and local people help douse a fire in Dhaka. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu)
Firefighters and local people help douse a fire in Dhaka. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu)
Firefighters work to douse flames in Dhaka. (AP Photo/Zabed Hasnain Chowdhury)
Firefighters work to douse flames in Dhaka. (AP Photo/Zabed Hasnain Chowdhury)
Locals and firefighters gather around buildings that caught fire late Wednesday in Dhaka. (AP Photo/Rehman Asad)
Locals and firefighters gather around buildings that caught fire late Wednesday in Dhaka. (AP Photo/Rehman Asad)
An unidentified Bangladeshi cries by the site of a fire that broke out late Wednesday in closely set buildings in Dhaka. (AP Photo/Rehman Asad)
An unidentified Bangladeshi cries by the site of a fire that broke out late Wednesday in closely set buildings in Dhaka. (AP Photo/Rehman Asad)
The wrangled and charred remains of rickshaws lie at the site of the late Wednesday night fire in Dhaka. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu )
The wrangled and charred remains of rickshaws lie at the site of the late Wednesday night fire in Dhaka. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu )
Rescuers stand at the site of a late Wednesday night fire in Dhaka. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu )
Rescuers stand at the site of a late Wednesday night fire in Dhaka. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu )
Bangladeshi women mourn as they wait outside a morgue in Dhaka. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu )
Bangladeshi women mourn as they wait outside a morgue in Dhaka. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu )
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