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Fire service: Bailey Road building owners ignored 3 safety notices

  • The building was marked as risky
  • Fire originated from the ground floor 
Update : 01 Mar 2024, 02:38 PM

The owners of the seven-storey Green Cozy Cottage building in the capital’s Bailey Road ignored three fire safety notices, Fire Service and Civil Defence has said. 

“This building had no safety plan. The building owners never applied for it. The building was even listed as risky,” Fire Service and Civil Defence's Director (Operation and Maintenance) Lt Col (Retd) Tajul Islam said on Friday.

Regarding the cause of the fire, the official said that the fire started from the ground floor. 

Meanwhile, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) Director General (DG) M Khurshid Hossain also said that the devastating fire that claimed the lives of at least 46 people in the capital’s Baily Road area, originated from a shop on the building’s ground floor.

“There was a small shop on the ground floor from where a gas cylinder exploded. The fire had spread from there. Since the building was filled with restaurants, naturally there were gas cylinders,” 

He made the comment while talking to reporters after visiting the site and meeting the injured at Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery around 11:30am on Friday.

At least 46 people were killed, and over 20 others sustained severe injuries by a devastating fire on Thursday night.

Firefighters rescued 70 people, including 42 in unconscious state, from the rooftop and different floors of the seven-storey Green Cozy Cottage.

The fire broke out at around 9:45pm. 

Most of the people died as they jumped off the building or from burns or suffocation, said firefighters who brought the fire under control around 12:30am. 

Fire officials say the blaze spread fast due to the presence of gas cylinders on several floors in the restaurant kitchens. People could not leave the building due to smoke in the staircase.

Timeline: Bailey Road fire
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