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FR Tower fire: Public hearing Sunday

  • Published at 03:05 pm March 30th, 2019
FR Tower in Banani
Firefighters use crane to rescue trapped people inside FR Tower in Dhaka's Banani where a devastating fire broke out on Thursday, March 28, 2019 Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

Employees of damaged floors to be summoned

The Department of Disaster Management (DDM) will hold a public hearing with the staff and employees of the three damaged floors at the police control room (Near FR Tower) from 10am to 12pm on Sunday, to determine the origins of the fire at Banani's FR Tower.

Md Faizur Rahman, additional secretary (planning and development), Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief, also head of the probe committee formed for investigation purposes, announced this at a press briefing on Saturday morning.

"The 7th, 8th, and 9th floors were the most affected,” said Faizur Rahman.

"The two other floors were not affected much, but the smoke and soot from the affected floors reached the upper floors," he added.

“We have asked the owners of  FR Tower to provide us with all the necessary documents of the building on Saturday,” he said.

“We will check the documents to see if there were any irregularities or the building code was flouted. Fire extinguishers in the building were out of order,” he said.

He also said a team from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) will examine whether the building is habitable.

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At the briefing, Additional Secretary of Ministry of Home Affairs (Security Services Division), Tarun Kanti Sikder, said: "We will be assessing three things for the probe report: determining the cause of the fire, the origin of the fire, and providing recommendations to take precautions to prevent future fires." Measures will be taken according to the report, he added.

The officials said they hope to submit the report with all their findings by April 3.

Mayor Atiqul

Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor, Atiqul Islam,  visiting DNCC market in Gulshan 1, which caught fire on Saturday morning, said: “When this market caught fire on January 3, 2017, there was no fire suppression system installed, and it still has no fire fighting system.”

“We wanted to build a permanent DNCC market in this spot, but legal complications delayed the process. We will resolve the legal issues and build a permanent DNCC market, which would feature a modern fire suppression system and other amenities.”

Fire Service and Civil Defence Deputy Director, Debashish Bardhan, head of the probe committee formed by the fire department, said: "The Bangladesh National Building Code (BNBC) was not adhered to during the construction of the building."

Employees of aamra networks removed equipment

The officials of aamra networks limited removed some of their equipment from the building, after police permitted them to enter the building on Saturday.

There were restrictions on entering the building due to security reasons. Even journalists were barred from entering and taking pictures. Only four employees of aamra networks were permitted to remove some equipment on Saturday.

Milton, a Sub inspector of Police at Banani police station, said: “aamra networks limited is an internet service provider. They have offices on several floors of FR Tower, and we have asked them to remove some of their equipment for inspection purposes. 

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