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Criminal case to be filed in Bangladesh fire that killed 25

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A high-rise office building damaged by Thursday's fire is pictured in Dhaka, Bangladesh Friday, March 29, 2019. A fire in the building has been brought under full control, fire officials said Friday. (AP Photo/Al-emrun Garjo)

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A Bangladeshi housing official said Friday criminal charges would be filed against the owner of a building where a fire killed 25 people and which had four upper floors constructed illegally.

Minister for Housing and Public Work S.M. Rezaul Karim also pledged to take action against officials in his ministry if they were guilty of wrongdoing associated with allowing the added floors or other violations.

Raising buildings beyond approved design is rampant in Bangladesh, where the government is seeking fast economic development and the private sector is expanding.

The blaze that burned for several hours Thursday trapped people inside the building, some shouting for help from windows on upper floors and the roof. By Friday morning, no smoke was visible at the FR Tower on a busy avenue in Dhaka's Banani commercial district.

Mostak Ahmed, a deputy commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, told The Associated Press on Friday that the death toll rose to 25 with all but one identified. Based on information provided by relatives, no one appeared to still be unaccounted for, he said. "Still we are checking, if someone comes to us we will verify," he said.

The fire injured about 70 people, many of them now being treated at Dhaka Medical College Hospital's burn unit.

The fire was the latest in a country where crowding, flouted building regulations and safety norms have made deadly blazes common.

Last month, a fire in the oldest part of Dhaka, a 400-year-old area cramped with apartments, shops and warehouses, left at least 67 people dead.

In 2012, a fire at a garment factory killed 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.

A high-rise office building damaged by Thursday's fire is pictured in Dhaka, Bangladesh Friday, March 29, 2019. A fire in the building has been brought under full control, fire officials said Friday. (AP Photo/Al-emrun Garjo)
Locals help firefighters work to douse a fire in a multi-storied office building in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, March 28, 2019. A fire in a high-rise office building in Bangladesh's capital on Thursday killed seven people and injured dozens more, police said. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu )
A hand sticks out of a broken glass in a multi-storied office building that caught fire in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, March 28, 2019. A fire in a high-rise office building in Bangladesh's capital on Thursday killed seven people and injured dozens more, police said. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu )
A commuter watches firefighters work to douse a fire in a multi-storied office building in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, March 28, 2019. A fire in a high-rise office building in Bangladesh's capital on Thursday killed seven people and injured dozens more, police said. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu )
Firefighters work to douse a fire in a multi-storied office building in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, March 28, 2019. A fire in a high-rise office building in Bangladesh's capital on Thursday killed seven people and injured dozens more, police said. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu )
Firefighters work to douse a fire in a multi-storied office building in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, March 28, 2019. A fire in a high-rise office building in Bangladesh's capital on Thursday killed seven people and injured dozens more, police said. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu )
Firefighters evacuate an injured after a multi-storied office building caught fire in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, March 28, 2019. A fire in a high-rise office building in Bangladesh's capital on Thursday killed seven people and injured dozens more, police said. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu )
A chopper hovers to evacuate people stuck in a multi-storied office building that caught fire in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, March 28, 2019. A fire in a high-rise office building in Bangladesh's capital on Thursday killed seven people and injured dozens more, police said. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu )
Firefighters work to douse a fire in a multi-storied office building in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, March 28, 2019. A fire in a high-rise office building in Bangladesh's capital on Thursday killed seven people and injured dozens more, police said. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu )
Firefighters work to douse a fire in a multi-storied office building in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, March 28, 2019. Fire Department control room official Ershad Hossain said by phone the FR Tower in Dhaka's Banani commercial district caught fire Thursday afternoon and at least 19 fire fighting units joined the operation to douse the blaze and rescue the people trapped inside. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu )
A Bangladeshi, stuck in a multi-storied office building on fire, speaks on his mobile phone in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, March 28, 2019. Fire Department control room official Ershad Hossain said by phone the FR Tower in Dhaka's Banani commercial district caught fire Thursday afternoon and at least 19 fire fighting units joined the operation to douse the blaze and rescue the people trapped inside. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu)
Locals help firefighters douse a fire in a multi-storied office building in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, March 28, 2019. Fire Department control room official Ershad Hossain said by phone the FR Tower in Dhaka's Banani commercial district caught fire Thursday afternoon and at least 19 fire fighting units joined the operation to douse the blaze and rescue the people trapped inside. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu)
A firefighter works to douse a fire in a multi-storied office building in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, March 28, 2019. Fire Department control room official Ershad Hossain said by phone the FR Tower in Dhaka's Banani commercial district caught fire Thursday afternoon and at least 19 fire fighting units joined the operation to douse the blaze and rescue the people trapped inside. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu )
In this image made from video, firetrucks hose down a building on fire in the Banani area of Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, March 28, 2019. An official in the Fire Department control room says the fire had broken out in an office building in Bangladesh's capital, and some people are feared trapped inside. (AP Photo)
Firefighters work to douse a fire in a multi-storied office building in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, March 28, 2019. Fire Department control room official Ershad Hossain said by phone the FR Tower in Dhaka's Banani commercial district caught fire Thursday afternoon and at least 19 fire fighting units joined the operation to douse the blaze and rescue the people trapped inside. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu )
In this image made from video, firetrucks hose down a building on fire in the Banani area of Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, March 28, 2019. An official in the Fire Department control room says the fire had broken out in an office building in Bangladesh's capital, and some people are feared trapped inside. (AP Photo)
Firefighters work to douse a fire in a multi-storied office building in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, March 28, 2019. Fire Department control room official Ershad Hossain said by phone the FR Tower in Dhaka's Banani commercial district caught fire Thursday afternoon and at least 19 fire fighting units joined the operation to douse the blaze and rescue the people trapped inside. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu )
Firefighters work to douse a fire in a multi-storied office building in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, March 28, 2019. Fire Department control room official Ershad Hossain said by phone the FR Tower in Dhaka's Banani commercial district caught fire Thursday afternoon and at least 19 fire fighting units joined the operation to douse the blaze and rescue the people trapped inside. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu )
Firefighters work to douse a fire in a multi-storied office building in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, March 28, 2019. A fire in a high-rise office building in Bangladesh's capital on Thursday killed seven people and injured dozens more, police said. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu )
Firefighters work to douse a fire in a multi-storied office building in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, March 28, 2019. A fire in a high-rise office building in Bangladesh's capital on Thursday killed seven people and injured dozens more, police said. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu )
Firefighters work to douse a fire in a multi-storied office building in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, March 28, 2019. A fire in a high-rise office building in Bangladesh's capital on Thursday killed seven people and injured dozens more, police said. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu )
Firefighters work to douse a fire in a multi-storied office building in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, March 28, 2019. A fire in a high-rise office building in Bangladesh's capital on Thursday killed seven people and injured dozens more, police said. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu )
A Bangladeshi, stuck in a multi-storied office building on fire, speaks on his mobile phone in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, March 28, 2019. Fire Department control room official Ershad Hossain said by phone the FR Tower in Dhaka's Banani commercial district caught fire Thursday afternoon and at least 19 fire fighting units joined the operation to douse the blaze and rescue the people trapped inside. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu)
A Bangladeshi, stuck in a multi-storied office building on fire, speaks on his mobile phone in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, March 28, 2019. Fire Department control room official Ershad Hossain said by phone the FR Tower in Dhaka's Banani commercial district caught fire Thursday afternoon and at least 19 fire fighting units joined the operation to douse the blaze and rescue the people trapped inside. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu)
A high-rise office building damaged by Thursday's fire is pictured in Dhaka, Bangladesh Friday, March 29, 2019. A fire in the building has been brought under full control, fire officials said Friday. (AP Photo/Al-emrun Garjo)
A high-rise office building damaged by Thursday's fire is pictured in Dhaka, Bangladesh Friday, March 29, 2019. A fire in the building has been brought under full control, fire officials said Friday. (AP Photo/Al-emrun Garjo)
A firefighter works to douse a fire in a multi-storied office building in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, March 28, 2019. Fire Department control room official Ershad Hossain said by phone the FR Tower in Dhaka's Banani commercial district caught fire Thursday afternoon and at least 19 fire fighting units joined the operation to douse the blaze and rescue the people trapped inside. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu )
A firefighter works to douse a fire in a multi-storied office building in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, March 28, 2019. Fire Department control room official Ershad Hossain said by phone the FR Tower in Dhaka's Banani commercial district caught fire Thursday afternoon and at least 19 fire fighting units joined the operation to douse the blaze and rescue the people trapped inside. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu )
Locals help firefighters douse a fire in a multi-storied office building in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, March 28, 2019. Fire Department control room official Ershad Hossain said by phone the FR Tower in Dhaka's Banani commercial district caught fire Thursday afternoon and at least 19 fire fighting units joined the operation to douse the blaze and rescue the people trapped inside. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu)
Locals help firefighters douse a fire in a multi-storied office building in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, March 28, 2019. Fire Department control room official Ershad Hossain said by phone the FR Tower in Dhaka's Banani commercial district caught fire Thursday afternoon and at least 19 fire fighting units joined the operation to douse the blaze and rescue the people trapped inside. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu)
A high-rise office building damaged by Thursday's fire is pictured in Dhaka, Bangladesh Friday, March 29, 2019. A fire in the building has been brought under full control, fire officials said Friday. (AP Photo/Al-emrun Garjo)
A high-rise office building damaged by Thursday's fire is pictured in Dhaka, Bangladesh Friday, March 29, 2019. A fire in the building has been brought under full control, fire officials said Friday. (AP Photo/Al-emrun Garjo)
In this image made from video, firetrucks hose down a building on fire in the Banani area of Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, March 28, 2019. An official in the Fire Department control room says the fire had broken out in an office building in Bangladesh's capital, and some people are feared trapped inside. (AP Photo)
In this image made from video, firetrucks hose down a building on fire in the Banani area of Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, March 28, 2019. An official in the Fire Department control room says the fire had broken out in an office building in Bangladesh's capital, and some people are feared trapped inside. (AP Photo)
Locals help firefighters work to douse a fire in a multi-storied office building in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, March 28, 2019. A fire in a high-rise office building in Bangladesh's capital on Thursday killed seven people and injured dozens more, police said. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu )
Locals help firefighters work to douse a fire in a multi-storied office building in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, March 28, 2019. A fire in a high-rise office building in Bangladesh's capital on Thursday killed seven people and injured dozens more, police said. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu )
In this image made from video, firetrucks hose down a building on fire in the Banani area of Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, March 28, 2019. An official in the Fire Department control room says the fire had broken out in an office building in Bangladesh's capital, and some people are feared trapped inside. (AP Photo)
In this image made from video, firetrucks hose down a building on fire in the Banani area of Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, March 28, 2019. An official in the Fire Department control room says the fire had broken out in an office building in Bangladesh's capital, and some people are feared trapped inside. (AP Photo)
Firefighters evacuate an injured after a multi-storied office building caught fire in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, March 28, 2019. A fire in a high-rise office building in Bangladesh's capital on Thursday killed seven people and injured dozens more, police said. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu )
Firefighters evacuate an injured after a multi-storied office building caught fire in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, March 28, 2019. A fire in a high-rise office building in Bangladesh's capital on Thursday killed seven people and injured dozens more, police said. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu )
A hand sticks out of a broken glass in a multi-storied office building that caught fire in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, March 28, 2019. A fire in a high-rise office building in Bangladesh's capital on Thursday killed seven people and injured dozens more, police said. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu )
A hand sticks out of a broken glass in a multi-storied office building that caught fire in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, March 28, 2019. A fire in a high-rise office building in Bangladesh's capital on Thursday killed seven people and injured dozens more, police said. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu )
Firefighters work to douse a fire in a multi-storied office building in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, March 28, 2019. A fire in a high-rise office building in Bangladesh's capital on Thursday killed seven people and injured dozens more, police said. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu )
Firefighters work to douse a fire in a multi-storied office building in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, March 28, 2019. A fire in a high-rise office building in Bangladesh's capital on Thursday killed seven people and injured dozens more, police said. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu )
A chopper hovers to evacuate people stuck in a multi-storied office building that caught fire in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, March 28, 2019. A fire in a high-rise office building in Bangladesh's capital on Thursday killed seven people and injured dozens more, police said. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu )
A chopper hovers to evacuate people stuck in a multi-storied office building that caught fire in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, March 28, 2019. A fire in a high-rise office building in Bangladesh's capital on Thursday killed seven people and injured dozens more, police said. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu )
A commuter watches firefighters work to douse a fire in a multi-storied office building in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, March 28, 2019. A fire in a high-rise office building in Bangladesh's capital on Thursday killed seven people and injured dozens more, police said. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu )
A commuter watches firefighters work to douse a fire in a multi-storied office building in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, March 28, 2019. A fire in a high-rise office building in Bangladesh's capital on Thursday killed seven people and injured dozens more, police said. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu )
Firefighters work to douse a fire in a multi-storied office building in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, March 28, 2019. Fire Department control room official Ershad Hossain said by phone the FR Tower in Dhaka's Banani commercial district caught fire Thursday afternoon and at least 19 fire fighting units joined the operation to douse the blaze and rescue the people trapped inside. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu )
Firefighters work to douse a fire in a multi-storied office building in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, March 28, 2019. Fire Department control room official Ershad Hossain said by phone the FR Tower in Dhaka's Banani commercial district caught fire Thursday afternoon and at least 19 fire fighting units joined the operation to douse the blaze and rescue the people trapped inside. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu )