At least 67 people have been killed in a massive fire that ripped through several buildings in Old Dhaka’s Chawkbazar.
The fire broke out in a four-storey building behind the Shahi Mosque at Churihatta around 10:30pm Wednesday and spread to four other buildings in a grim reminder of the deadly 2010 Nimtali fire.
Rescue work was wrapped up at 1pm Thursday, after 15 hours of effort. At least 37 fire-fighting units worked to douse the flames in the congested location.
The blaze was highly difficult to control because of flammable chemicals that were stored in several buildings, said AKM Shakil Newaz, director of Fire Service and Civil Defence. The fire became less visible after water was sprayed from helicopters in the morning.
Over 40 people have been admitted to the Dhaka Medical College Hospital. At least nine of them have suffered burn injuries.
Fire service officials said 70 body bags were sent to the morgue at Dhaka Medical College Hospital. But doctors there counted 67 bodies, after piecing together body parts.
We are collecting donation to help those who are died and burn victims in critical condition are being treated at Dhaka Medical College Hospital.
Many people are still missing after a devastating fire killed at least 67 people in Old Dhaka’s Chawkbazar.