Collapse of affected buildings feared

Staff Correspondent

22 February, 2019 12:00 AM printer

After the deadly fire incident in Chawkbazar on Wednesday night that killed over 70 and injured scores, locals are now apprehensive of the collapse of the affected buildings.

The fire on Nanda Kumar Datta Road at Churihatra in Chwak Bazar burnt six buildings and a part of Churihatra Jame Mosque.

Locals said if the buildings are not knocked down immediately, they might collapse, creating another tragedy.

Abdus Samad, a resident in the area, said they are afraid of walking under the buildings.

Another man expressed the similar fear. He said it is high time the buildings be demolished now to avoid further accident.

Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia said the authorities concerned would check whether the buildings should be broken or repaired.

“If needed, the buildings would be knocked down,” he said.

Fire Service and Civil Defense has kept its three units on standby.

Of the six, the condition of three buildings, including Hazi Wahid Manjil, is mostly vulnerable.

The third floor of the Manjil had perfume storage that helped the fire last long. The blaze burnt the whole building badly.

Thick smoke was found coming out of the building till Thursday noon.

Burnt motorcycles, rickshaws, vans and plastic materials were seen lying in front of the buildings.

A plastic material trader, whose shop burnt to ashes, told the daily sun there were 10 to 15 chemical godowns in the area in addition to many plastic material shops.

According to Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor Mohammad Sayeed Khokon, the government would prove assistance to repair the damaged buildings.

He said the building owners that rented their buildings for chemical storage would be brought to book.

The mayor vowed that all chemical godowns would be removed from the old Dhaka.