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Chawkbazar fire death toll rises to 69

  • Published at 10:06 am February 26th, 2019
Chawkbazar fire
At least 69 people were killed in the massive fire that engulfed an Old Dhaka's Chawkbazar area Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

Two more victims succumb to their injuries at Dhaka Medical College Hospital

The death toll from the devastating Chawkbazar fire has gone up to 69 with the demise of two injured at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).

One of them, Anwar, 55, died around 10:55pm on Monday, and the other victim, 20-year-old Sohag, from Mymensingh, died around 1am Tuesday.

Both were receiving treatment in the ICU of the hospital’s burn unit, the unit’s Resident Physician, Dr Partha Shankar Pal, told the Dhaka Tribune.

Hospital sources said both Anwar and Sohag suffered over 60% burns on their bodies, and their condition had deteriorated over the past two days.

There are seven more victims still undergoing treatment at the DMCH burn unit, and the condition of some of them is critical.

The bodies of both Anwar and Sohag were kept at the hospital’s morgue for autopsy, said DMCH police outpost’s In-Charge Inspector, Md Bachchu Mia.

On the night of February 20, a massive fire ravaged several multi-storey buildings on Nanda Kumar Lane in Chawkbazar’s Churihatta area of Old Dhaka, killing 67 people and injuring scores of others.

Sohag’s brother Ruhul Amin said Sohag was badly injured in the February 20 fire when he was returning home from the cosmetics warehouse where he worked.