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Pope, Russia, US extend condolences to Chawkbazar fire victims

  • Published at 11:42 am February 22nd, 2019
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Firefighters attempting to douse the blazing inferno that engulfed Old Dhaka's Chawkbazar area on February 20, 2018 Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

Wednesday's devastating inferno in Chawkbazar area of Old Dhaka has left 67 dead and scores with severe burn injuries

Russia, the US and the Pope have all extended their condolences at the deaths of Chawkbazar fire victims.

“I express my sincere condolences at the loss of lives of many people in an incident of fire in Dhaka,” President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin said in a message to President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, on Friday.

He also conveyed his sympathy and support to the bereaved families, and wished for the speedy recovery of those injured in the disaster, reports BSS 

The devastating fire that completely gutted several multiple-storey buildings at Old Dhaka's Chawkbazar area Wednesday night has left 67 people dead and scores injured - all currently receiving treatments, many with severe burns. 

The fire was only doused Thursday afternoon, with the help of 39 firefighting units from 13 stations and locals. 

Earl R Miller, the US ambassador to Dhaka, also extended his heartfelt condolences towards the victims and their families. 

"I express my heartfelt condolences and those of the American people for all those affected by the fire at Chwakbazar in Dhaka last night,” Miller said in his message to the prime minister.

"Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you, the great nation of Bangladesh and the families of the victims during this difficult time," he added. 

Meanwhile, Cardinal Pietro Parolin sent a telegram on behalf of Pope Francis, conveying his sadness at the deaths and injuries caused by the fire. 

"He extends his solidarity to all affected, and prays especially for the repose of the deceased and for the healing of those injured," the telegram said, reports Vatican News. 

The Pope offered encouragement to the emergency personnel responsible for the rescue missions and the treatment of the injured. "He invokes the divine blessings of consolation and strength," the telegram further said.