11 dead in Dhaka slum fire

Indo Asian News Service

Dhaka, Nov 18 (IANS) At least 11 people, including four children and five women, were burnt to death here after fire engulfed a slum early Sunday, according to fire officials.

The blaze, which was doused later, broke out in a slum in the city's Hazaribagh residential area at around 3 a.m., killing 11 people, reported Xinhua quoting Ataur Rahman, a fire service official. The number of injured was yet to be confirmed.

He said the fire might have been sparked by a cigarette butt in a rickshaw garage and spread to the slum, damaging over 1,000 shanties.

Rahman said the toll was high since people were asleep.

The capital city of Dhaka, having a population of over 15 million people, has some 5,000 slum areas.

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