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Fire at Bangladesh's Largest Mall Kills 7


A fire swept through Bangladesh's largest shopping mall Friday, killing seven people and injuring at least 30 others.

The fire began on the top floors of the 21-story Bashundhara City complex that houses the mall, in the capital, Dhaka. The blaze, fanned by strong winds, spread to the lower floors of the building and continued to burn for at least seven hours.

Military helicopters rescued some people from the rooftop. A firefighter and at least one security guard were among those killed.

Hundreds of people were evacuated from the mall. Police and security forces joined firefighters in the rescue work.

Authorities are trying to determine what caused the blaze.

The upper floors of the complex contain offices that usually are closed on Fridays. The multi-story shopping center at the foot of the building was open for business, and contains more than 2,000 shops and restaurants.

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