Bangladesh Fire

Ctg depot fire death toll now 44, over 100 containers damaged

The death toll from the fire and subsequent explosions at BM Container Depot in Chattogram’s Sitakunda upazila has risen to 44, with 12 of the victims being fire service personnel.

February 26, 2019
February 26, 2019

'Govt to be held responsible for Chawkbazar tragedy'

Jatiya Oikyafront leaders holds the government responsible for the Chawkbazar fire that claimed 69 lives.

February 26, 2019
February 26, 2019

Chawkbazar Fire: Confusing comments may compromise findings

According to a report published in this paper on February 24, an industries ministry probe committee has claimed that it found no evidence of a chemical factory or warehouse in the vicinity of the Chawkbazar fire.

February 25, 2019
February 25, 2019

Chawkbazar Tragedy: National mourning today

The nation is holding a one-day national mourning for the victims of Chawkbazar fire that claimed 67 lives on Wednesday and Thursday.

February 24, 2019
February 24, 2019

JS adopts condolence motion over Chawkbazar tragedy

The Jatiya Sangsad unanimously adopts a condolence motion expressing profound grief over the victims of Chawkbazar inferno that claimed 67 lives on Wednesday at Churihatta area of Old Dhaka.

February 24, 2019
February 24, 2019

Blaze takes all of family but one

Their family was a happy one -- mother and father with their two healthy children. On Wednesday night, the brutal fire that blazed through Chawkbazar reduced their perfect family of four to just one, while the rest looked on from behind a photo frame that managed to survive the hellish flames.

February 24, 2019
February 24, 2019

No chemical warehouse found nearby

As the call for relocating the warehouses of chemicals and inflammable goods from Old Dhaka gets louder, an industries ministry probe committee claimed that there was no chemical factory or warehouse at the scene of Wednesday's devastating fire in Chawkbazar.

February 24, 2019
February 24, 2019

Impunity lies at root

Fire tragedies are frequent in Bangladesh and often cause high casualties, but no one has ever been punished for their role in any fire incidents.

February 23, 2019
February 23, 2019

Hasan for looking into BNP’s link to fire incident

Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud says Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir’s statement that ‘the Chawlkbazar fire incident occurred due to absence of democracy’ prompted to look into whether the BNP perpetrated any act of sabotage concerning the tragic incident.

February 23, 2019
February 23, 2019

The agonising wait

With dazed eyes on a blank face, five-year-old Sanin lay nestled in the arms of her father Suman, who was standing just yards off the Dhaka Medical College morgue yesterday.

February 23, 2019
February 23, 2019

Old Dhaka's ticking TIMEBOMB

The old town blaze that claimed at least 67 lives could have been even more devastating had the flames came into contact with the huge stockpile of chemicals in the basement of Haji Wahed Mansion.