Ferry Fire Kills 39 Bangladesh: Officials

At least 39 people lost their lives and 72 others received injuries after a massive fire swept through a crowded river ferry in Bangladesh early on Friday, officials said.

Many passengers leapt from the vessel into cold waters to escape the blaze, according to fire officer Kamal Uddin Bhuiyan.

Bhuiyan said it was a huge fire and took two hours to extinguish it.

The ferry was traveling from Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh to Barguna, which is about 155 miles to the south of the country where the blaze broke out in Jhalokati district on the Sugandha River.

Another fire officer, Fazlul Haque said they have recovered 39 bodies and 72 people with light and heavy burns were admitted to the hospitals.

Mr. Haque said the health condition of seven patients with severe burns, who were transferred to Dhaka hospital, is reported critical.

Bhuiyan said the government established two committees to investigate the blaze and present their findings in three days.

In April, 25 people died after a ferry collided with another vessel and capsized outside Dhaka.

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