Rahima Begum, 50, who was burnt with four of her children in a fire at their house in Keraniganj early yesterday, lying in bed at Dhaka Medical College Hospital before she lost her battle for life last evening. She had suffered 90 percent burns, while the four were agonising with injuries over 17-35 percent of their bodies. The victim's face was blurred because the wound was too gory to be seen. Photo: Courtesy
A woman was killed and her four children were wounded in a fire that broke out at their house at Par Gandaria in Keraniganj, on the outskirts of the capital, early yesterday.
Rahima Begum, 50, her daughters Salma, 30, and Sonia, 14, and sons Rocky, 27, and Akash, 12, were rushed to the burn unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital where Rahima died at 8:00pm.
The four sustained 17 to 35 percent burn injuries, sources at the burn unit told The Daily Star.
The fire originated from a mosquito coil around 3:30am, said Khalequzzaman Khan, duty officer of the Fire Service and Civil Defence headquarters.
Two firefighting units from Postogola reached the spot after locals doused the blaze and rescued the victims.
Mohammad Nuruzzaman, a neighbour of the victims, said the two brothers were asleep on the cot while the three others were on the floor hanging a mosquito net in a room of the one-storey building.
The mosquito net caught fire first and spread throughout the room. The victims themselves came out of the room but in the meantime they were burnt, he said.