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Fire breaks out at Bashundhara City again


Authorities evacuated shoppers and staff of the mall after flames erupted on the fifth-floor.The fire service said several units rushed to the scene after being informed of the fire around 11am.
It said that the flames were ‘almost under control’ after two hours of efforts around 1pm.
No casualty has been reported so far. Smoke could be seen billowing out of the building.
The fire service is trying to rescue a few people trapped on the roof of the building.
Dhaka North Mayor Annisul Huq and mediapersons rushed to the mall soon after news of the fire spread.
According to unconfirmed reports, electrical malfunction caused the fire, but authorities are yet to comment on it.
Fire service Director General Ali Ahmad Khan said that they have formed a five-member body to probe the incident.
Around 11am,’s Sub-editor Alifullah Khan reported smoke billowing out of the mall’s fifth-floor.
He said that panic-stricken shoppers and staff were seen coming out off the building.
Around 1:15pm, fire service chief Khan told the media that the flames were almost under control and they hoped to manage the situation within an hour or two.
He said that no one was injured in the fire.
A few years ago a fatal fire had swept the shopping mall, popular among Dhaka residents, on Mar 13, 2009 , claiming seven lives.
Another incident of fire occurred in August the same year and another in September 2015.
After the fire broke out on Sunday, the mall’s fire-fighting staff started to put out the flames. They were soon joined by the fire-service.
A staffer of garment shop ‘Infinity’, on level seven of the mall, said that the fire started from a footwear shop.
He said they have moved out after being asked by the management of the mall.
A fire-service officer told the media that the situation could have been managed sooner if the mall’s management allowed them to break the glasses.\\
Police said that 10 to 12 persons were trapped on the roof of the eight-storey mall.
“They are safe and the fire-fighters are trying to rescue them,” said Tejgaon Zone Deputy Commissioner Biplob Kumar.
A staffer of a shop in the mall said that they spotted smoke coming out from footwear shop on the level six, when everyone started to leave the building.
“Everyone was just opening their shops. There weren’t many shoppers. Everyone could leave the building safely,” said Abdul Momin, who works at a clothing shop.


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