City shopping mall fire kills '6'

City shopping mall fire kills ‘6’


Dhaka-‘Six’ people were killed and around 50 others injured after a fire broke out at a shopping mall in the city’s Uttara area on Friday evening.The deceased could not be identified yet.
Fire Service sources said the fire broke out at 14-storey Tropical Alauddin Tower Shopping Complex around 6:15pm following a blast after the collapse of three lifts.
The building houses markets up to its 5th floor while the rest above are residential apartments.
Bidhan Tripura, deputy commissioner (Uttara) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, said the blast took place with a big bang when the cables of an elevator got severed while it was coming down from the 5th floor of the building.
Soon, two other lifts of the building also came down crashing.
Under the impact of the lift crashes, building glass– from the 5th floor to the ground floor — was torn apart and broken pieces landed on people staying at different floors, leaving many injured.
At the same time, a fire also broke out at the shopping mall.
On information, 13 firefighting units rushed in and brought the fire under control around 7:15pm.
The incident left six people dead and around 50 others injured.
Police have recovered five bodies, Bidhan Tripura said, adding that they heard that the relatives of another victim took away his body. “We’re trying to recover the body,” he said.
The police official, however, could not say whether the six were burned or suffocated to death.
He also said the residents of all the apartments were evacuated.
Three of the injured — Mahmudul Hasan, 36, his daughter Mayisha, 10, and eight-month-old son Mustakim — were taken to the burn unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).
Their condition was stated to be critical as they suffered burns on 80 percent, 55 percent and 23 percent of their bodies respectively.
The incident happened when Mahmudul Hasan, deputy general manager of Tropical Homes Limited, along with his family members and office colleagues, was taking preparations for an iftar party at the basement of the tower.
Meanwhile, Director General of Fire Service and Civil Defence Brigadier General Ali Ahmed Khan visited the spot.
Talking to reporters, he said they formed a three-member committee, headed by Fire Service Deputy Director Mozammel Haque, to look into the fire incident.
The committee has been asked to submit its report within three working days, he said.


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