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3 dead, 9 injured in Dilu Road building fire

  • Published at 09:48 am February 27th, 2020
Dilu road fire
Burnt cars at the ground floor of a five-story building in Dhaka’s Dilu Road area that caught fire on Thursday, February 27, 2020 Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

The deceased include one man, one women and a male child

At least three people, including a child, have died after a fire broke out in a five-storey building in the capital.

Nine others were also injured in the incident. Among which, two suffered from severe burn injuries, while four had respiratory complications due to the smoke, and the others got injured trying to escape from the fire. 

The incident occurred in Eskaton's Dilu Road area around 4am on Thursday while the residents of the building were sleeping.

One of the deceased has been identified as, Abdul Quader Liton, 45, while bodies of the other two victims were burnt beyond recognition.

However, family members later identified the two as AKM Rushdi, 5, and Afreen Jannat Juthi, 17, and their bodies were handed over as per the claims made by the two families.

Confirming the matter to Dhaka Tribune, Head of Forensic Medicine department of Dhaka Medical College, Dr Sohel Mahmud, said: "We received three dead bodies from the Dilu Road fire incident.  Two of the bodies, one of a male child and one of a teen girl, were burnt beyond recognition whereas the other victim Abdul died after inhaling smoke from the fire. 

"We have collected samples from the bodies for future DNA profiling, if needed."

Those who suffered severe burn injuries are the parents of the deceased five-year-old boy, AKM Shahidul Kirmany Rony, 40, and his wife Jannatul Ferdous, 40. They are currently undergoing treatment at the burn unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH). 

Shahidul sustained 43% burn, whereas his wife Jannatul suffered 95% burns on her body, DMCH sources.

People outside the building in Dhaka’s Dilu Road area that caught fire on February 27, 2020 | Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka TribuneSumaiya Akhter, 30, Mahadi, 9, nine-month-old Mahmudul Hasan, and Monir Hossain, members of the same family who lived on the fifth floor of the building, are receiving treatment for respiratory difficulties caused by the smoke of the fire. 

Meanwhile, Jahangir Alam, 42, his wife Lal banu, 35, and Shahbuddin Shihab, 35, got injured as they jumped from the building to save their lives. 

When contacted, Deputy Director of Fire Service and Civil Defence Debashish Bardhan said: "The fire broke out at the building around 4am on Thursday. A total of nine fire fighting units worked simultaneously and doused the blaze around 5:30am. We recovered a total of three dead bodies from the spot which were later handed over to police.

"The origin of the fire is yet to be confirmed. A five-member probe committee has been formed to investigate the matter."

However, according to Lutfor Rahman, the caretaker of the building, the electric switchboard located at the garage of the building suddenly caught fire and from there the fire started early on Thursday. 

When I started shouting for help, the residents of the building panicked and started running. Some even jumped from the rooftop in a bid to save themselves, Lutfur added.

One of the injured who were trying to escape the fire by jumping from the rooftop, Jahangir Alam, also the father of the deceased teen girl, said: "We went to the rooftop of the building when the fire broke out. Other residents of the building also took shelter there.

"I broke my leg when I jumped from there to the adjacent building's roof. My wife broke her leg and waist doing the same,” he added.