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Probe Committee say Shopping Center Fire in Bangladesh is Still a Mystery


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 period.

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.

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