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12:00 AM, April 03, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:08 AM, April 03, 2019

FR Tower Fire

Firefighter still in critical condition

Sohel Rana, a firefighter who sustained serious injuries during the FR Tower fire rescue operation, remained in critical condition at Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in the city until yesterday.

“His condition is critical and he has been put under life support as doctors conducted two surgeries after his arrival at the hospital,” Lt Col Abdullah Ibn Zaid, director of Inter Service Public Relations told The Daily Star yesterday.

His colleague Rubel Ahmed who was in CMH said, “Now, he can move his limbs and blink.”

Sohel was among the first responders to the FR Tower fire that claimed the lives of 26 people and left around 100 injured. While his colleagues were dousing the fire, Sohel along with some others were taking trapped persons to safety using a ladder.

“As the ladder truck overflowed in the second rescue attempt, Sohel took position on ladder steps. But he got trapped there, and his legs were broken when the ladder automatically folded in to drop survivors on the ground. His abdomen also got punctured” Rubel said.

His family members sought prayers from the countrymen for his quick recovery.

“I am proud that my son has saved the lives of many people... I am praying to Allah to get him back,” Sohel's mother Halima Begum told The Daily Star.

Second among five siblings, Sohel financially supported his family in Itna upazila in Kishoreganj. His father Noor Islam is a farmer.

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