Huge flammable chemicals found at Wahed Mansion

Staff Correspondent

23 February, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Member to of the committee to identify risky and damaged building after the Chawkbazar inferno of Dhaka South City Corporation, Ltd Col SM Julfiqur Rajman said, “The building in Churihatta, Wahid Mansion had storage of flammable chemicals inside for that fire in the building expanse quickly.”

He came up with the conclusion visiting the Wahid Mansion from where fire trigged being a member of a 11 member committee formed by Dhaka South city Corporation to identify damaged and risky buildings on Friday.

“We have visited the building and found beam and column of first and second floors damaged the most and posing risk. For huge storage of litter refilling substance and cans of deodorants, the fire expanded quickly being itself a flammable objects and we have to fight against fire a lot,”, he also said.

The mansion had a vast godown at the second floor of the building. The building has  no fire exits. The vast building has a staircase. Even minimum requirement, in case of fire, is having fire extinguishers were absent there” said Lt Col SM Julfiqur Rahman. The cans of deodorants blasted all the time during the fire like bombs that triggers fire quickly posed risks to fire fighting teams, he added. 

Asked, he said, fire serve and civil defense could not force anyone comply with fire safety requirement despite it issues non objection certificate to buildings.

Replying to another query of journalists, he said, whatever we have found that certainly is chemical.  But our industry minister said there had no chemical in Wahid mansion, I don’t know from which point he claimed that.

Mehedi Ahmed Ansari, a member of the probe body and a professor of civil engineering at BUET, said Wahed Manshion, the building from where the fire reportedly broke out, lacked fire security equipment. The façade of the building has damaged heavily. But it will take more examinations and time whether it can be used.

Nurujjaman Jahir, authorized officer of Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk), said they are yet to confirm whether the building had construction permit.

Convener of the committee and DSCC chief engineer Md Rezaul Karim, said, a total of five buildings have been damaged by the devastating fire. We have already inspected it. We will submit our findings soon.