River ferry fire kills dozens in Bangladesh

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, 24/12/2021, 11:54 am

Passengers jumped off vessel carrying 800 passengers and tried to swim ashore, officials say

A massive fire has swept through a crowded river ferry in Bangladesh, leaving at least 39 people dead and 70 injured, officials have said.

Many passengers leaped from the vessel into cold waters to escape the fire. It took 15 fire engines two hours to control the blaze and another eight to cool down the vessel, according to Kamal Uddin Bhuiyan, the fire officer who led the rescue operation.

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