Dhaka, Bangladesh: Banani building fire death toll rises to 13

The Daily Star March 28, 2019

Banani building fire death toll rises to 13

Fire breaks out at Banani FR Tower in Dhaka on Thursday, March 28, 2019. Photo: Palash KhanStar Online Report

At least 13 persons, including a Sri Lankan citizen, were killed and 70 others injured in a fire that broke out at FR Tower in Dhaka’s Banani area this afternoon.

The death toll rose to 13 till filling the report around 7:30pm, our staff correspondent reports quoting the media centre set up at the spot.

The fire broke out on the eighth floor of the 22-storey building on Banani Road 17 around 1:00pm and engulfed other floors immediately. The cause of the fire could not be known immediately.

The fire was brought under control around 4:45pm, said Farid Uddin, a duty officer of the Fire Service and Civil Defence headquarters. 

A total of 21 firefighting units were trying to douse the blaze and rescue the people trapped in the building. Later, Army, Navy and Air forces joined the operation.

Helicopters were seen spraying water on the building and firefighters were bringing people out the window panes in groups, using ladders, our correspondent reports from the spot.

Six of the deceased were identified as Parvex Sazzad, 47, Amen Yasmin, 30, Masud 36, Niras Chandra, 30, Abdullah Al Faroque, 32, Maksudur, 36, and Manir 50, reports our staff reporter quoting police.

Of them, Niras Chandra was a Sri Lankan national. He reportedly fell to his death while escaping the fire. Niras was brought dead to Kurmitola General Hospital, said the hospital’s Director Brig Gen Qazi Rashid-Un-Nabi.

He sustained serious injuries as he jumped off the building to escape the fire and died before he was brought to the hospital, he also said.

Besides, Faruk, who suffered 90 per cent burns in the fire, died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) around 4:20pm, Dr Samanta Lal Sen, chief coordinator of National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery of the DMCH, told The Daily Star.

A total of 21 firefighting units were trying to douse the blaze and rescue the people trapped in the building. Later, Army, Navy and Air forces joined the operation.

Helicopters were seen spraying water on the building and firefighters were bringing people out the window panes in groups, using ladders, our correspondent reports from the spot.

Two of the deceased were identified as Abdullah Al Faruk, 35, and Niras Chandra, a Sri Lankan citizen. Identities of the other deceased could not be known immediately.

Faruk, who suffered 90 per cent burns in the fire, died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) around 4:20pm, Dr Samanta Lal Sen, chief coordinator of National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery of the DMCH, told The Daily Star.

Photo: Shaheen Mollah

The Sri Lankan national reportedly fell to his death while escaping the fire, said the hospital’s Director Brig Gen Qazi Rashid-Un-Nabi.

Besides, Abu Bakar Siddiq, officer-in-charge of Gulshan Police Station, told The Daily Star that bodies of three of the victims were brought to the United Hospital this afternoon.

Around 41 injured were admitted to Kurmitola General Hospital, said the hospital’s Director Brig Gen Qazi Rashid-Un-Nabi.

“Their conditions are not serious. Most of them are suffering from breathing complications as they inhaled the smoke,” Brig Gen Qazi Rashid-Un-Nabi.

When the fire sparked inside the building, at least six people were seen falling off while trying to escape the blaze. Many others were trying to climb down on the ledges.

Photo: Prabir Das

RELATIVES LOOK FOR ‘MISSING’ ONES

Relatives were crowding Banani in search of their near and dear ones.

They were seen crying in despair and gathering in groups as they could not reach the phones of their family members.

Fire breaks out at FR Tower in the capital’s Banani area around 1:00pm, Thursday, March 28, 2019. Photo: Pinaki Roy

One such aggrieved mother told The Daily Star that her daughter Aparajita Barua works in an office on the 12th floor of the building.

“During our last contact, she told us there were huge fumes in the building and that she was finding it difficult to breathe. Now, we can’t reach her on the phone,” she said.

Shahjahan rushes to the scene for his son, Ariful Islam Tusher, who has been trapped on 10th floor of FR Tower building at Banani in Dhaka. Fire breaks out at the high-rise building around 1:00pm on Thursday, March 28, 2019. Photo: Shaheen Mollah

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