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173 buildings at risk of fire in Old Dhaka

  • Published at 10:59 am April 3rd, 2019
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Haji Wahed Mansion at Nanda Kumar Lane in Chawkbazar’s Churihatta area of Old Dhaka on Thursday, February 21, 2019 Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

Among them, 106 are wholesale and retail markets of Sadarghat

Fire Service and Civil Defence has declared a total of 173 commercial and residential buildings in Old Dhaka, including 106 wholesale and retail markets of Sadarghat, at risk of fire hazard.

Sadarghat Fire Service Deputy Assistant Director (DAD) Mostafa Mohsin stated this at a press conference at the East Bengal Institution Super Market on Tuesday.

Of these markets, 53 were declared very risky. The fire service representative team has red-marked these hazardous markets and multi-storey buildings.

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Mostafa Mohsin said: "The East Bengal Market is a 15-storey commercial building, that does not have even the minimum of fire protection systems. We have twice given them letters—in 2017 and 2018—to procure a fire safety system, yet they were not complied with. For the sake of human life, we have declared the building very risky for fire safety."

He continued: "Some 173 more such buildings were declared risky within the purview of the Sadarghat fire service. Of these, 53 were declared to be most vulnerable, each of the houses have been red-marked. 

"The people concerned will inform us after securing their fire safety system, and we will visit to inspect them. Only then will the red-mark be lifted, after we are satisfied following the visit," he added.

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On the night of February 20, a deadly fire ravaged several multi-storey buildings housing shops, plus chemical and plastic warehouses, on Nanda Kumar Lane at Chawkbazar’s Churihatta intersection.

Apart from killing 70 people, the fire left scores of others severely injured.

A month after the incident, on March 23, another destructive fire broke out at a paper warehouse in Lalbagh, Old Dhaka.