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12:00 AM, April 23, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 02:07 AM, April 23, 2019

Only 2 out of 25 Barishal high-rises have safety measures

Finds fire service during inspection

Only two high-rises out of 25 have fire safety measures in Barishal city, according to Fire Service and Civil Defence.

Earlier, the fire department in the district prepared a list of high-rise buildings in the city and started a door-to-door inspection on April 1.

“We found only two buildings -- Hotel Grand Park and Rahat Anowar Hospital -- with fire safety measures. We asked rest of the buildings to take measures,” said Faruqe Hossain, deputy assistant director of Fire Service and Civil Defence, Barishal.

Several building owners took two months' time to comply with the order, he said.

The buildings with no fire safety measure -- including emergency exit, fire detection and alarm system, fire extinguisher, hose reel and water reservoir -- were included in very risky category, said the fire official.

The establishments, which have neither fire safety measures nor access roads, are also in that category, he said.

A number of public and private hospitals -- including Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital, Judge Court and SS Tower Shopping Mall -- are on the list of very risky category, according to fire officials.

Abdus Satter Mandal, deputy director at the regional fire service office, said the inspection drive will end on April 30. Necessary action will be taken if anyone ignores the safety measures, he said.

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