The probe committee is yet to ascertain
the reasons behind the outbreak of fire at the 20-storey Bashundhara City
Complex on Panthapath on Friday.
The three-member probe committee
headed by Iqbal Khan Chowdhury, joint secretary (police), Ministry of Home
Affairs, was constituted by the government to dig out the reasons of the fire
and submit its report within seven days.
The probe committee visited the
spot on Saturday and Sunday and tried to unfold the mystery as to why 150 close
circuit cameras at different floors of the city complex were inoperative at the
time outbreak of fire and why hydraulic lifts failed to function during the
The probe committee will continue
its investigation for several more days.
Iqbal Khan Chowdhury told
reporters on Sunday that the fire
totally damaged the 17th., 18th and 19th floors of the complex while the 15th
floor was damaged partially. The 16th floor totally escaped the wrath of the
fire, he informed.
The fire first originated from
the 18th floor of the complex and later spread to other floors quickly.
The probe committee requested the
management of the complex to ascertain whether there were any combustible
materials at the 18th floor. It also asked the management to give a list of
materials on the other damaged floors.
The committee is also
investigating the reason why the fire raged for a long time after it was broken
out. It asked the executive engineer of DESA to inform the supply position of
electricity at the complex when the fire broke out.
Besides, the Criminal
Investigation Department of police collected evidences from the spot yesterday.