Deadly blaze in Dhaka, Bangladesh
Updated 7:12 AM ET, Fri February 22, 2019
Dozens of people have been killed and injured after a fire tore through apartment buildings and chemical warehouses in a historic district in Bangladesh's capital of Dhaka.
The blaze broke out Wednesday, February 20, in the Chawkbazar area, a district in old Dhaka with sprawling narrow streets and densely packed buildings. It quickly spread, engulfing a restaurant and five buildings, a Dhaka police official said.
The South Asian country has a history of fatal building fires, especially in factories where safety and structural standards have long been found to be inadequate.