Fire again at BSEC Bhaban
Panic gripped the staff of the offices housed in Bangladesh Steel and Engineering Corporation (BSEC) building at Karwan Bazar in the capital following a fire in a room on the ground floor of the building last night.
The building houses several offices including of the private satellite TV channels ntv and Rtv, and of the Daily Amardesh, a vernacular newspaper.
All newsmen, officials and employees of the offices rushed out of the building after smoke clouded the building at 10:55pm.
The fire disrupted normal telecast of ntv and Rtv as the news crew, technicians and others came out of the building keeping recorded cassettes on. Rtv delayed its midnight bulletin scheduled for 12:15am by 15 minutes.
Fire fighters with four of their units rushed to the spot and searched for over an hour to detect that the fire was first caught by papers kept inside a locked room on the ground floor of the building.
After searching different floors, finally the fire fighters detected the room where the fire had started. They broke the lock with a lock cutter and doused the fire.
"The fire could not spread as it was confined in a closed room," said an official of the Fire Service and Civil Defence. He suspects that the fire might have originated from a burning cigarette butt.
On February 26, three people died and at least 50 were injured as a devastating fire swept through the 11-storey BSEC Bhaban.
Over a thousand people were evacuated as a massive rescue effort including the first-ever airborne rescue operation went on throughout the day following the February fire.