Bangladesh skyscraper inferno death toll rises to 25

DHAKA: The death toll from a horrific blaze that ripped through a Bangladesh skyscraper rose on Friday to 25, including some who leapt to their deaths, as firefighters combed through the charred shell of the building. A day after flames tore through the 22-storey FR Tower in Dhaka, trapping hundreds of office workers, police said they intended to talk to the owner of the building as part of their enquiry. Some of those stuck inside made it to safety by sliding down cables on the side of the building, but as shocked onlookers watched, others took their chances and jumped in a bid to escape the smoke and heat. At least six people including a Sri Lankan national died in this way, officials said. Senior fire service official Mohsin Ali told AFP that rescuers were scouring the building, concentrating on the worst-affected eighth-to-tenth floors. The fire department initially put the death toll at 19 but police said Friday that six more had died in the fire. "The death toll is 25. We have handed over 24 bodies to their relatives," deputy commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police Mostak Ahmed told AFP. The other victim´s remains are being held until relatives are located. Ahmed said police also wanted to speak to the owner of the building after authorities alleged the tower lacked adequate safety measures.
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