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Fire Sweeps Through Bangladeshi High Rise

A fire swept through Bangladesh's largest shopping mall Friday in the capital, Dhaka, killing at least one person and injuring several others.

Authorities were still battling the blaze several hours after it began on top floors of the office tower at the Bashundhara City complex. Helicopters were used to douse the flames from the top floor of the 21-story building.

Hundreds of people were evacuated from the mall. Authorities are trying to determine if people are still trapped inside.

The cause of the fire is not known.

The multi-purpose complex includes more than 2,500 shops, restaurants, cinemas and offices. It is located near Kawran Bazaar, a major commercial hub in the capital.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.