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DU, Secretariat fires put out without casualties

  • Published at 10:28 pm July 7th, 2019

Students who were inside the library managed to come out safely

The fire that broke out at the central library of Dhaka University on Sunday has been put out without any casualties. Library employees brought the fire under control, said fire service sources.

“The fire started from an electric short circuit at about 10:45am and engulfed the area in smoke. Library employees put out the fire before the fire service reached the spot,” said Khandakar Abdul Jalil, deputy assistant director of fire service, to the Dhaka Tribune.

The books in the library and the other floors of the building are safe as the fire could not reach there, but the electrical system of the library was severely damaged, he said.

Students who were inside the library managed to come out safely.

Mahmuda Sabiha, a sociology student, said: “I was on the third floor and was reading.  I suddenly saw a lot of smoke coming out from the air conditioner. We immediately rushed out of the library.”

She said: “While I was rushing down, I saw that the fire broke out on the ground floor.”

In another separate incident, a fire that broke out on the seventh floor of the Secretariat’s building no. 6 around 3:30pm on the same day was put out.

Rasel Shikder, Duty-Officer at Fire Service and Civil Defense headquarters said three firefighting units went to the spot and managed to put out the flames around 3:45pm.

However, no casualties have been reported yet. The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained, he added.