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Dilu road fire: Probe body suspects fire originated on ground floor

  • Published at 09:52 pm February 28th, 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

'We saw there were some scrap wood and foam-like objects just beside the main electric switchboard of the garage'

The probe body formed by Fire Service and Civil Defence, after primary investigation suspects that the fire which killed three people and injured scores at a building in the capital's Dilu Road had its origin in the garage.

However, the precise cause of the fire and from where it started is yet to be confirmed, said Abul Hossain, who heads the five-member probe committee. Hossain is deputy director, Fire Service and Civil Defence (Mymensingh division. 

"We saw there were some scrap wood and foam-like objects just beside the main electric switchboard of the garage. There was also a storehouse there. We have talked with the residents. We suspect that the fire broke out at the garage."

"But we cannot confirm the origin of the fire until we are done with our investigation. The probe report will be submitted next week."

Substantial damage done to building 

Thursday's fire that gutted through the five-storey building in Eskaton's Dilu Road caused substantial damage to its structural integrity and is now unsafe for living.

The probe body chief said: "The building is now at risk. We believe that it is unsafe for living and not in a usable condition. An inspection by Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) officials can confirm that."

"Residential buildings are not supposed to be used for commercial purposes. But there was a buying house on the second floor of the building. There were around eight to 10 machines operating there. It also had a storehouse for keeping raw materials.

"Besides, there were also scrap materials on the roof of the building. All these things collectively increased the magnitude of the fire," he added.

He said: "There should have been fire extinguishers and a fire exit in this building as per the existing building code. But it had none of that."

Condition of critically injured remain unchanged

The condition of AKM Shahidul Kirmany Rony, 40, and his wife Jannatul Ferdous, 40, who suffered severe burn injuries, has remained unchanged. They are currently undergoing treatment at the ICU of the burn unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) 

They are the parents of five-year-old AKM Rushdi, one of the three victims who lost their lives in the deadly fire. 

Shahidul sustained 43% burns, while his wife Jannatul suffered 95% burns on her body, the doctor said.

Talking to Dhaka Tribune, Md Moniruzzaman, a relative of the victims, said: "Doctors have said that the condition of Rony and Jannatul remains unchanged. They are on life support now."

"The family has decided to bury Rushdi in Narsingdi, our native place," he added. 

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

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

Nine others were also injured in the incident. Among them, two suffered severe burn injuries, while four had respiratory complications caused by the smoke. The others were injured trying to escape the fire.