Iran Press/ Asia: Police said the incident occurred in a river near Jhalokathi, 250km (155 miles) south of Dhaka in the early hours of Friday, adding terrified passengers leaped overboard to escape the blaze.
The blaze was believed to have originated in the engine room and ripped through the ferry, which was carrying at least 500 people, many of who were returning home from the capital Dhaka, despite having an official capacity of only 310.
“We have sent some 100 people with burn injuries to hospitals in Barisal,” he said
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