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19 killed after fire breaks out in office building in Bangladesh capital

At least 19 people have died and 70 people have been injured after a fire raced through a high-rise office building in Bangladesh's capital.

Police say many people were trapped by the blaze at the FR Tower, located in Dhaka's Banani commercial area, but most were later rescued.

"The situation is under control," said Debashish Bardhan, a fire service and civil defence deputy director, as firefighters continued efforts to contain the blaze. He confirmed most people have now been rescued.

Nineteen engines were sent to the scene with a military helicopter joining attempts to put out the fire. More than a dozen people who fled to the roof were helped by firefighters using hydraulic cranes, Mr Bardhan said.

Five people reportedly fled the building by climbing down ropes fastened outside.

Tushar-or-Rashid, an employee of the Vivid Holidays tour company on the building's first floor, said the fire began above them.

"All of our staff have come out safely but we don't know what happened to the people who work in the upper floors," he said.

Crews were assisted by local people as they attempted to fight the flames. Photographs from the scene show fire hoses being held in the air by onlookers.

Local people have been pictured helping authorities with the firefighting mission. Credit: AP

The fire is the latest in a city where flouted building regulations and safety norms have made deadly blazes common.

The fire follows another in the city earlier this year in which claimed the lives of 70 people. It took firefighters 10 hours to put out the blaze after it took hold in a densely-packed shopping area.

In 2012, a fire raced through a garment factory on the outskirts of Dhaka, killing at least 112 people trapped behind its locked gates. Less than six months later, another building containing garment factories collapsed, killing more than 1,100 people.

Another fire in a house illegally storing chemicals in Old Dhaka killed at least 123 people in 2010.

Debris fell from the building as the blaze ripped through the office block. Credit: AP