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BAF helicopters used to douse Chawkbazar fire

  • Published at 09:46 am February 21st, 2019
Fire fighters fight flames that engulfed several buildings at Churihatta Lane in Old Dhaka's Chawkbazar area on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

At least 67 people have been killed in the incident, according to Fire Service officials

Two helicopters of the Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) were used to bring the fire in Chawkbazar, Dhaka under control early on Thursday morning.

Confirming the matter at around 4:15am, Air Commodore Md Zahid Hossain said: “The helicopters were brought in to help firefighters douse the massive blaze in Chawkbazar. They took off from the old airport in Tejgaon at 3:48am and are being used to spray water over the fire.”

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The fire broke out at the intersection of the roads leading to Rahmatganj, Churihatta and Chawkbazar areas in Old Dhaka at around 10:35pm on Wednesday.

Thirty-seven firefighter units from 31 fire stations responded to the scene and worked for more than four hours to bring the fire under control at around 3am.

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As of 9:30am on Thursday, at least 67 people have been killed by the fire, said Duty Officer Mizanur at the Fire Control Room in Dhaka.

Fire Service officials have warned that the death toll is likely to rise. Firefighters and police are currently conducting a search in the area for dead bodies and injured individuals.