Fire in slum kills 9 in southeastern Bangladesh

Firefighters damp down the area following a deadly fire in a poor residential area of the seaport city Chattogram, southern Bangladesh, Sunday Feb. 17, 2019. At least eight people are feared dead after a fire engulfed the residential area, razing some 200 closely packed houses to the ground, fire service said Sunday. (AP Photo)

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A devastating blaze raced through a crammed slum in southeastern Bangladesh on Sunday, killing at least nine people and injuring several others, a fire official said.

The fire broke out early in the morning in the Chaktai area of Chittagong city while the slum dwellers were asleep, said the official, Jasim Uddin.

At least 200 shanty homes were gutted before firefighters brought the blaze under control, Uddin said, adding that four of the dead were from a single family.

He said the cause of the fire was not yet known and that an investigation was ordered.

Chittagong is 216 kilometers (134 miles) southeast of the capital, Dhaka.

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