43 killed in Baily Road fire

43 killed in Baily Road fire

At least 43 people were killed in a fire that broke out at a six-storey commercial building on Baily Road in Dhaka on Thursday night.

Of the deceased, 33 died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital and 10 in Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery, said Health Minister Samanta Lal Sen while talking to reporters today.

Around 75 people, including 42 in an unconscious state, were rescued from Green Cozy Cottage Shopping Mall.

Earlier, Fire Service and Civil Defence Director General Brig Gen Md Main Uddin told reporters that three bodies were recovered from the spot.

The fire that broke out around 9:50pm was brought under control after two hours.

Twelve fire engines brought the blaze under control at 11:50pm, said Talha Bin Zasim, an official of the Fire Service and Civil Defence media cell.

At least ten people were hurt after jumping out of the building and were brought to the DMCH, said Inspector Bachchu Miah, in-charge of DMCH police outpost.

The injured are Imran, 13, Shakil, 24, Ujjal, 23, Jobayer, 21, Omar Faruk, 43, Shakil, 22, Jewel, 30, Shezan, 22, Deen Islam, 30, and Iqbal Hossain, 24.

The fire engulfed several floors of the six-storey shopping complex.

Heavy smoke could be seen coming out of the building.

A few people were seen crying for help from the sixth floor and the roof, said our correspondent.

The Border Guard Bangladesh also joined the rescue operation.

The Dhaka Metropolitan Police commissioner went to the spot to monitor the situation.

The cause behind the fire is yet to be known.