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Mohakhali building fire doused after 12hrs; death toll rises to 3

  • Fire under control at 11pm
  • Millions face internet disruption
Update : 27 Oct 2023, 12:00 PM

A fire that broke out at the 14-storey Khawaja Tower in Dhaka’s Mohakhali on Thursday afternoon has been put out after around 12 hours.

The blaze was completely doused at 8:45am on Friday, Md Shahjahan Shikdar, deputy assistant director (media cell) of the Fire Service and Civil Defence, told UNB.

Meanwhile, the death toll from the fire rose to three with the death of Aklima Akter, 30, at around 1:15am. 

Md Rafiqul Islam, 63, was pronounced dead after being brought to Dhaka Medical College Hospital on Thursday evening.

Meanwhile, Hasna Hena, 27, fell to her death while trying to escape the flames.

The fire service said 10 others had been rescued from the building and were undergoing treatment at different hospitals, including Dhaka Medical College Hospital.

The blaze had been brought under control by 11pm on Thursday, around six hours after it started, Fire Service and Civil Defence chief Brigadier General Md Main Uddin told the media.

“There was no [fire] safety plan at Khawaja Tower in Mohakhali. We found some fire extinguishers on different floors, and they were working. But the fire spread due to the presence of a large amount of flammable materials.” 

Internet disruptions

Broadband internet services suffered major damage due to the fire at Khawaja Tower. The mishap also affected mobile internet and voice calls, but less so than broadband internet.

The number of broadband internet users in the country is 12.15 million and around 40% of them experienced outages due to the fire.

On the other hand, at least 20% of the country's total mobile internet users (119.79 million) were unable to get access to the internet and facing trouble using social media platforms such as Facebook, with many also reporting voice call issues.

Our DMCH correspondent, Aminul Islam Babu, contributed to this report

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