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5 of a family burnt to death in Moulvibazar

  • Published at 12:59 pm January 28th, 2020
Moulvibazar Fire
Firefighters extinguish the fire at Pinky Shoe Store in Moulvibazar on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 Dhaka Tribune

Fire Service officials believe the fire broke out due to a gas pipeline leakage

Five people, including a child, have been burned to death in a fire at a house in Moulvibazar.

The fire broke out due to a gas pipeline leakage from the second floor of a two-storey building, which also houses a store called Pinky Shoe Store, in Moulvibazar town around 9:30am on Tuesday. 

The deceased are - owner of Pinky Shoe Store Shubhash Rai, 65, his daughter Priya Rai, 19, his sister-in-law Dipti Rai, 48, another sister-in-law Dipa Rai and Dipa's daughter Boishakhi Rai, 3.

Confirming the matter to Dhaka Tribune, Moulvibazar model police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Alamgir Hossain said: "The victims are members of the same family. We found their bodies inside the house while conducting a rescue mission."

"However, no other bodies have been found inside the building."

The bodies have been kept in Moulvibazar Sadar Hospital for autopsy, he added.

Photo shows a show store in on fire in Moulvibazar on Tuesday, january 28, 2020 | Dhaka Tribune

Two fire fighting units doused the blaze after struggling for two and a half hours.

Moulvibazar Fire Service Deputy Assistant Director Abdullah Harun said: "The shoe store was at the first floor of the two-storey building while its owner and his family lived on the second floor.

"We believe the fire broke out due to a gas pipeline leakage on the top floor and then spread to store and nearby buildings."

After being informed of the fire, the district's Deputy Commissioner (DC) Begum Nazia Shirin, Superintendent of police Md Faruk Ahmed, Municipality Mayor Md Fazlur Rahman, and Awami League Moulvibazar unit General Secretary Abdul Malik Tarafdar visited the spot.