DHAKA - At least 14 people, all women and children, died in Bangladesh as a fire swept through one of the biggest slums in the capital Dhaka early on Sunday, police said.
Officials said the blaze started in a rickshaw garage as thousands of residents in the Boubazaar shanty town were sleeping.
“The victims were women and children. They were burnt to death,” local police chief Rafiqul Islam told a foreign news agency from the scene.
“The fire service and the locals have brought the blaze under control. Scores of people were also seriously injured,” Islam said.
A stove or a cigarette end was suspected to have sparked the fire, he said, adding that residents were scouring through the debris and ashes in search of their possessions.
More than 120 people were killed in June 2010 when a fire at a wedding party destroyed six buildings in the densely-populated old part of Dhaka.