Three killed in Moghbazar building fire

Residential building housed garment factory

Staff Correspondent | Published: 08:59, Feb 27,2020 | Updated: 00:49, Feb 28,2020

 
 

People crowd to watch charred vehicles following a deadly fire at a garage in Dipu Road area in Dhaka on Thursday. — Sourav Lasker

A five-member committee was formed to investigate the fire that broke out at a multi-story building on Dilu Road in the capital’s Moghbazar area, killing three people early Thursday.

The Fire Service and Civil Defence formed the investigation committee headed by its deputy director Abul Hossain.

Three people were killed and five others suffered burns in the fire that broke out at the garage on the ground floor of a five-story building around 4:30am, the fire service said.

Two of the deceased were identified as Abdul Quader, 40, Rushdi, 4, son of Shahidul Islam, a resident of the building.

Eight firefighting units extinguished the blaze around 5:30am.

Fire Service deputy director Devashish Bardhan said firefighters rescued 17 people and found three others dead.

Among those rescued, five people, including Rushdi’s parents Shahidul, 40 and Jannatul Ferdous, were sent to Dhaka Medical College Hospital.

Shahidul suffered 45 percent burns and Jannatul 95 percent, said sources at the burn unit of DMCH.

Garments accessories are housed on the first and second floors while the garage is the only exit and entry point of the building, Devashish said.

 ‘The cause of the fire is still unclear, but we suspect short-circuit behind it,’ he said.

Devashish said the building was residential in nature but it housed a mini-garment factory on its ground floor.

The building had multipurpose use and lacked fire safety, he said. Three cars and two motorcycles were burnt in the fire.

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