Basundhara Fire

At least seven people died and 50 others were injured and six top floors burnt after a massive fire broke out at the Basundhara Group’s corporate office building above a shopping mall in the capital of Dhaka. The blaze that started around 1.30 pm was brought under control towards evening after firemen spent over 5 hours fighting the leaping flames that spread downwards from the top floors of the 21-storied building. When it was first opened to the public in August 2004 the owners of Basundhara City claimed it to be the largest shopping mall in South Asia and the 12th largest in the world. 13 March, 2009 Dhaka, Bangladesh
Photo:Monirul Alam