Fire in slum kills 9 in southeastern Bangladesh

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.

Copyright © 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.

More from:

Asia News World News

More from WTOP

Log in to your WTOP account for notifications and alerts customized for you.

Sign up