Another probe body came into being to investigate the fire incident at the Bangladesh Steel and Engineering Corporation (BSEC) building in capital’s Karwan Bazar area on October 31, that burnt the offices of vernacular daily Amar Desh and two other private firms.
Bangladesh Ministry of Industries formed the five-member probe committee yesterday with its Additional Secretary Md Forhad Uddin as the convener and officials from BSEC, Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) and Fire Service and Civil Defence as members.
The committee is directed to submit an investigation report by November 15 along with recommendations for averting repetitions of such incidents.
Two other five-member committees – one by the BSEC and another by Fire Service and Civil Defence – formed on the day of the incident are already investigating into the mishap.
After a devastating fire that broke into the centrally air-conditioned 11-storey building in 2007, experts made a number of recommendations, including installation of at least two fire exits and an auto ventilation system which were not seen by fire-fighters while engaged in dousing the flames.
As for the cause of the fire, fire-fighters suspected that an electric short circuit during the shifting of Amar Desh office equipment might have started the flame, but, Amar Desh executive editor Syed Abdal Ahmed claimed that “this was not a fire under normal circumstances.”