Five coronavirus patients died in a hospital fire in the Bangladesh capital Dhaka on Wednesday, a fire service official said.
It was not immediately clear what caused the fire, said Zillur Rahman, a fire service director.
Firefighters extinguished the flames in about an hour, he said.
Five bodies were recovered from the makeshift isolation unit of the United Hospital treating COVID-19 patients, he added
The dead included four men and a woman aged between 45 and 75.
Coronavirus infections in Bangladesh, Fires victims
Hospitals are struggling to deal with a spike in coronavirus infections in recent weeks in Bangladesh, which has reported 38,292 cases and 544 deaths.
Some health experts are concerned that the real number of cases could be higher in a country of more than 160 million people where many have only limited access to healthcare.
Lax regulations and poor enforcement have often been blamed for large fires in the South Asian nation that have killed hundreds of people in recent years.
At least 25 people were killed in March last year when a fire broke out in a 22-storey commercial building in Dhaka’s upscale area of Banani.
In February last year, an inferno in a centuries-old neighborhood of Dhaka killed 71 people and injured dozens.
In 2017, a fire broke out in Bangladesh’s Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) in the capital, no casualties were reported.
In the last ten years, though there has been little progress made in addressing the issues that led to the Nimtoli fire, or many smaller subsequent fires that took place, according to reports.