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Fire in Bangladesh Slum Kills 22


Police say at least 22 people, including 10 children, were killed early Tuesday when a fire swept through a slum in Bangladesh's southeastern port city of Chittagong.

Authorities said at least 10 people were injured in the blaze that raced through the main gates of the slum and engulfed the shanties inside while occupants slept.

Police said a high wall in the back of the slum prevented the victims from escaping.

Abdul Momen, a rickshaw puller, said he escaped the blaze but lost his wife and five children. He said he was able to scale the high wall but could not save his family.

Officials said firefighters fought the blaze for four hours before bringing it under control.

Zahurul Alam has more on the story.

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