RANGPUR: Around 95 percent buildings including public and private hospitals are not equipped with fire extinguishers in the Rangpur City. Most owners do not fallow building codes to build multi-storied building. There is no system to prevent fire accidents. Due to this the fire risks are increasing day by day.
According to the Fire Service sources, Rangpur Medical College Hospital is in the first row on the list of fire risk buildings.Though, at least two thousand patients take treatment here every day. Most of the private hospitals and diagnostic centers in the city including the community Medical College Hospital, Kasiruddin Medical College Hospital and Prime Medical College Hospital are at risk. Most of the shopping centres of the city like the hospitals are also at risk of fire.
There is no arrangement for fire extinguishers in commercial buildings and markets including Zila Parishad Super Market, Community Super Market, Zahaj Company Shopping Complex, Golden Tower, Shah Amanat Tower, Mini Super Market, City Bazar, Nawabganj Bazar.
Deputy Director of Rangpur Region of Fire Service and Civil Defense Md Yunus Ali said that around 95 percent buildings in the city are at risk of fire. There is no legal security system in the building. A delegation of our four-member team is visiting the buildings. In the buildings which do not have fire extinguishers they will be recommended to take legal action in the concerned office. Legal action will be taken against the owners of the fire service’s own law if necessary.
The Fire Service and Civil Defense authorities marked two multi-storey buildings in Rangpur city as risky after they began a drive against such structures.
City planner of Rangpur City Corporation Mohammad Nazrul Islam said that most of the building owners violated the rules. They did not contact the fire service department during the building construction.
According to him, everyone must be aware of the risk of fire to reduce the risk.