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1 killed, 6 injured as air conditioner explodes at UAE visa office in Dhaka

  • Published at 03:12 pm January 13th, 2021
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An air-conditioner compressor exploded at the United Arab Emirates (UAE) consular section (visa office) in Dhaka's Gulshan 2 area on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

On information, two units of the Fire Service and bomb disposal teams rushed to the spot

A man has been killed and six others were injured as a central air-conditioner compressor exploded at the United Arab Emirates (UAE) consular section (visa office) in Dhaka’s Gulshan 2 area.

The deceased is Azizul Haque (35), a senior technician of Aziz Trade and Engineering, according to his identity card.

Fire service officials suspect that Azizul died when the first explosion took place on the rooftop of the 14-storey Empori Financial Center building. He went to the rooftop for some repair work on the AC chiller plant of a central air conditioning system that covers the whole building.

A few moments after the first explosion, another one took place on the ground floor of the same building at the UAE consular section (visa processing centre) around 1:30pm, which left six people injured.

Damages caused by an air-conditioner compressor explosion at the United Arab Emirates (UAE) consular section (visa office) in Dhaka's Gulshan 2 area on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

After receiving information, two fire fighting units rushed to the spot. The locals doused the fire and fire fighters started to remove the debris, said Alamin, duty officer of Baridhara Fire Service control room.

Bomb disposal teams of police also rushed to the spot.

Azizul’s body was recovered from the rooftop of the building where fire service officials found evidence of the explosion.

Confirming the matter, Senior Station Officer of Baridhara Fire Service and Civil Defence unit Abul Kalam Azad said: “The extent of damage and the verified cause of the incident could not be known immediately.  We will know that after the investigation. Fire service will form a probe body in this regard.”

“We can say from our initial investigation that the fire broke out at the UAE visa office due to the AC-outer explosion at the rooftop where the technician died,” he said.

Abul Kalam Azad added: “Subsequently another explosion occurred In the lowest part of the central AC line, on the ground floor [UAE consular section].”

Gulshan police station Officer-in-Charge (operations) Shahnoor Rahman said the injured were undergoing treatment at United Hospital. Azizul’s body was kept at the hospital as well.

Eyewitnesses said broken glass of the windows was scattered around and the iron grilles were twisted from the explosion.


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Windows broke into pieces due to an air-conditioner compressor explosion at the United Arab Emirates (UAE) consular section (visa office) in Dhaka's Gulshan 2 area on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

The law enforcers had to temporarily stop movement on the adjacent roads as a curious crowd started gathering in front of the building, locals claimed.

The construction works of the Empori Financial Center building was done by Best Holdings Limited.

The building houses corporate offices of various companies, including NCC Bank’s Baridhara branch, NZ Fabrics,Abul Khair group, Shah Cement, Amber Group, China Harbour Engineering Company Limited, and Patriot Spinning Mills Limited.

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