Scenes from a Dhaka inferno

BenarNews staff
Scenes from a Dhaka inferno Firefighters use a powerful hose to battle a blaze at the Green Cozy Cottage Shopping Mall on Bailey Road in Dhaka, Feb. 29, 2024.
[Sony Ramany/BenarNews]

The toll from a horrific fire that engulfed the Green Cozy Cottage Shopping Mall in Dhaka rose to 46 dead as of late Friday, with at least 22 more people critically injured from the blaze, officials said. 

The cause of the fire, which broke out in a first-floor restaurant and spread quickly to the upper floors of the building, had yet to be established.

But fire safety officials said the building had no fire exits and gas cylinders at the top of its lone stairwell had blocked the evacuation path.

A mother searches for her son who went missing after a fire at the Green Cozy Cottage Shopping Mall in Dhaka, March 1, 2024. [Jibon Ahmed/BenarNews]

A view of the outside of the Green Cozy Cottage Shopping Mall building after it went up in flames killing at least 46 people, Bailey Road, Dhaka, March 1, 2024. [Mehedi Rana/BenarNews]

A member of the public reacts as firefighters carry out rescue operations following a fire that killed dozens of people at a shopping mall in Dhaka, Feb. 29, 2024. [Munir Uz Zaman/AFP]

Firefighters (center) transport an injured victim of a building fire in a corridor of the Dhaka Medical College Hospital, Dhaka, March 1, 2024. [Md. Hasan/BenarNews]

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