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1 victim of Mirpur slum fire dies

  • Published at 11:23 am January 25th, 2020
Mirpur Fire
File Photo: Aftermath of the fire incident that broke out at Chalantika Jhilpar slum in Dhaka's Mirpur 7 on Friday, Janaury 24, 2020 Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

The victim had sustained around 90% burn injuries on her body

A woman, who suffered severe burns in a fire that broke out at a Chalantika Jhilpar slum on Friday, has died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).

She died while receiving treatment at the burn unit of the hospital around 8am on Saturday.

The deceased Parvin, 35, sustained around 90% burns on her body, DMCH police outpost Inspector Bachchu Miah told Dhaka Tribune.

Hundreds of residents of the Chalantika Jhilpar slum  in the capital’s Mirpur 7 area lost their homes and all their possessions in the devastating fire that broke out around 4:10am on Friday. The fire also razed at least 377 rooms to the ground.  

Fifteen fire-fighting units managed to douse the fire by 9:10am, said Ershad Hossain, duty officer at the control room of Fire Service and Civil Defence.   

No less than 1,000 people, including children and elderly people, have become homeless because of the fire, which also injured two people.

The cause of the fire and the extent of the damage could not be known. The Fire Service has formed a five-member committee headed by the deputy director to investigate the fire, Ershad said.  

Friday’s incident is reminiscent of the horrific fire that destroyed several thousand homes in the same slum on August 16, 2019.