Smoke and flames rise from a multi-storey building on fire, in Dhaka, Bangladesh
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AT LEAST 43 people have died after a fire broke out in a shopping centre in Bangladesh.

The horror blaze began around 10pm local time in the capital, Dhaka, on Thursday night as swarms of firefighters were deployed to the scene.

Smoke and flames rise from a multi-storey building on fire, in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Smoke and flames rise from a multi-storey building on fire, in Dhaka, BangladeshCredit: Reuters
Firefighters working at the scene

Firefighters working at the sceneCredit: AP
Firefighters managed to scramble at least 75 people to safety

Firefighters managed to scramble at least 75 people to safetyCredit: Reuters
People gather to look at the aftermath of the fire

People gather to look at the aftermath of the fireCredit: EPA
Police at the scene in Dhaka

Police at the scene in DhakaCredit: EPA

The country’s health minister Samanta Lal Sen said that at least 33 people, including women and children, were declared dead at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital.

He added that at least another ten people died at the city’s main burns hospital, where dozens more were sent for treatment.

Firefighters managed to rescue at least 75 people, including 42 who were unconscious.

More than a dozen firefighting units were deployed to douse the fire, which the emergency service said began in a popular restaurant on the first floor of the Green Cozy Cottage shopping mall.

“We were at the sixth floor when we first saw smoke racing through the staircase,” said a restaurant manager called Sohel.

“A lot of people rushed upstairs. We used a water pipe to climb down the building.

“Some of us were injured as they jumped from upstairs.”

Fire officials said the fire has now been brought under control.

Pictures show the aftermath of the blaze as victims are put into the back of ambulances in front of horrified onlookers.

The cause of the fire, which left many people trapped, could not immediately be determined.

Locals were left terrified as flames ripped through the city

Locals were left terrified as flames ripped through the city
Firefighters tirelessly work to put out the fire in city of Dhaka

Firefighters tirelessly work to put out the fire in city of DhakaCredit: AFP
Haunting images show emergency services working tirelessly throughout the night to put out the fire

Haunting images show emergency services working tirelessly throughout the night to put out the fireCredit: Reuters
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