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FR Tower fire claims another life; case filed

  • Published at 04:10 pm March 30th, 2019
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FR Tower at Banani in Dhaka catches fire on Thursday, March 28, 2019 Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

Probe committees begin work

One of the injured of the deadly fire at FR Tower in Dhaka's Banani died on Saturday  undergoing treatment at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH), taking the death toll to 26.

“The deceased, Abu Hena Mostofa Kamal, 41, was an executive manager of Heritage Travel Agency, and lived in Dhaka,” said Banani police station Sub-Inspector Faridul Alam, who prepared the inquest report.

“Abu Hena died of suffocation caused by lung damage from smoke inhalation during the fire,” he said.

The victim’s body was handed over to his family later in the day.

Thursday’s fire at FR Tower claimed 25 lives on the spot and injured 70 more, and it took a combined team of Fire Service, navy, army, and air force personnel, six hours to douse the fire.

The FR Tower tragedy came in the wake of the devastating fire in Old Dhaka’s Chawkbazar that killed 70 people and injured scores more on February 20.

Authorities say that FR Tower violated the building code and that it had unusable firefighting equipment.

Case started

Meanwhile, the police have filed a case at Banani police station over the FR Tower fire.    

Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Asaduzzaman Mia, made the disclosure on Saturday afternoon at the inauguration ceremony of a one-way traffic system in Chawkbazar.

"Anyone found responsible after the investigation will be brought to book and dealt with appropriately," he warned.

He said strict action would be taken against people who were negligent and responsible for the fire and deaths, no matter how influential they were.

He urged traders to put fire extinguishers in every business and not to keep any type of combustible substance and chemicals at home. “Strict action will be taken if this directive is violated.”

The commissioner also requested businessmen and locals alike, to maintain proper equipment and follow fire safety regulations, to prevent fires from spreading in congested Old Dhaka.

Rajuk forms probe team

Rajuk, the capital's development authority, on Saturday also formed a committee to investigate the FR Tower fire.

The six-member committee will be led by Rajuk's development section member, Maj Shamsuddin Ahmed Chowdhury. Other members include the chief engineers of Rajuk and Dhaka North City Corporation, and engineers from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology.

Rajuk Chairman Abdur Rahman said the investigation committee will visit FR Tower on Sunday and file a report within a day on whether the building was still usable or not.

Meanwhile, the Housing and Public Works Ministry’s eight-member investigation committee, probing the FR Tower design and possible violation of building codes, visited the spot on Friday and held a meeting at Rajuk on Saturday.

The body, led by Additional Secretary Md Yeakub Ali Patwary, is expected to file its findings within seven working days.