1st LD: Fire breaks out at 19-story building in Bangladeshi capital

A devastating fire broke out at a 19-story commercial-cum-residential building in Dhaka's Banani area on Monday afternoon, leaving an unknown number of people trapped inside.

A fire department official, who declined to be named, said as many as 15 fire-fighting units have been striving to put out the blaze which broke out at about 3 p.m. local time on the building's second floor.

TV footage showed thick black smoke billowed from the building, Bashati Horizon, into the air. The fire drew thousands of onlookers.

Casualties and the cause of the fire are yet to be known.

Source: Philippines News Agency