Fire breaks out at Bangladesh's 31-story central bank building

Indo Asian News Service

Dhaka, March 24 (IANS) A fire broke out at 31-story building of Bangladesh's central bank in capital Dhaka's central Motijheel business district on Thursday night, a fireman said.

Xinhua news agency quoted the fire department official as saying that as many as 14 fire-fighting units were striving to put out the blaze that broke out on Thursday night at about 9.45 p.m. local time on the Bangladesh Bank's (BB) 13th floor.

The blaze also reportedly spread out to 12th and 14th floors of the building.

TV footage showed huge thick black smoke billowed from the large complex into the air.

The fire drew thousands of onlookers. There was no loss of life immediately so far. The cause of the fire was not immediately known.

The BB building rises to a height of 115 metres (377 ft) and has 31 floors. It houses the headquarters of the BB. It is one of the earliest high-rises of Bangladesh.