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Home Ministry committee visits Chawkbazar fire disaster spot

  • Published at 12:36 pm February 22nd, 2019
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A committee formed by the Ministry of Home Affairs inspected the scene at Chawkbazar on Friday, February 22, 2019 Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune

The committee was assigned to make recommendations on a work plan to avoid massive fire accidents in future

A committee formed by the Ministry of Home Affairs visited the scene of the massive fire that recently gutted an old Dhaka neighbourhood.

The five member committee led by Additional Secretary of Security Services Division Pradip Chakraborty visited the scene at Chawkbazar around 10:30am on Friday.

Pradip Chakraborty said: “We have started our investigation. We will find out who and what caused the incident, as well as why the fire spread.

“We have to take necessary steps and make plans to ensure an incident like this never happens again.”

The Home Ministry formed a five-member high profile committee to investigate overall issues, identify the reasons behind the fire, and make recommendations.

The committee has also been assigned to make recommendations on a work plan to avoid any massive fire accident in future. The committee may co-opt one or more members if required.

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Deputy Commissioner of Police (Lalbagh) Ibrahim Hussain also visited the spot with his team around the same time. 

He said: “A case has been filed in this regard. If proof of negligence is found then proper action will be taken.”

Meanwhile, Fire Service Director Lt Col Zulfiqar told journalists: “Canisters of gas lighter refill fluid was stored inside the building, along with other highly flammable chemicals. These chemicals contributed to the intensity of the fire.

“Stored perfume bottles exploded, further increasing the speed of spreading fire. Dowsing the flames took a long time because of these flammable chemicals.”

Sixty-seven people were killed in a massive fire that ravaged through several multi-storey buildings at Nanda Kumar Lane in the Churihatta area of Chawkbazar, Old Dhaka on Wednesday night.

It took 37 fire-fighting units 15 hours to douse the flames.