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Fire Service: Shishu Hospital lacks adequate fire extinguishing system

  • Five firefighting units doused the flame
  • Fire brought under control after 40 minutes of effort
Update : 19 Apr 2024, 05:45 PM

The fire service has reported that Bangladesh Shishu Hospital and Institute's cardiac Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in Agargaon, which caught fire on Friday, lacked adequate fire suppression systems.

After dousing the fire, Mohammadpur Fire Station Senior Station Officer Mohammad Fakhruddin said:  "It is such a large paediatric hospital in the country, yet it had nothing more than fire extinguishers. This made it somewhat time-consuming to extinguish the fire that started in the cardiac ICU.

"Upon receiving the call, our two units started working at 1:55pm. There was a lack of adequate water supply here, so we had to bring water from the reservoir of the nearby mental hospital. There were not enough fire hydrants available."

"The fire was controlled by 2:28pm Afterwards, our Fire Service team investigated the scene. However, we did not find any victims. Right after the fire started, the hospital authorities and their families evacuated everyone in the ICU," he added.

When asked about the fire's origin, the fire service officer said: "We assume that the fire might have started from the AC inside the ICU. But the exact cause will be known after the investigation.

“Along with the fire, some equipment was damaged, and some were not. The oxygen supply in the ICU room was also burned due to the fire, which took some time to get the fire under control. Later on, the Fire Service managed to shut off the oxygen line."

A fire that broke out in the cardiac ICU on Friday at 1:47pm, which was brought under control after 40 minutes of effort by five units of the fire service.

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