Chawkbazar Tragedy

February 24, 2019
February 24, 2019

Shifting of chemicals from Wahed Mansion continues

Chemicals are being shifted from Haji Wahed Mansion in Churihatta of Dhaka’s Chawkbazar for the second consecutive day.

February 24, 2019
February 24, 2019

First blast took place at Wahed Mansion

A footage obtained by The Daily Star shows the exact moment when the fire broke out at Chawkbazar in Old Dhaka. As the clock strikes 10:32pm, the fire rips through the premises completely destroying the front portion of the hotel. Bricks and bottles fall inside, and a portion of the wall caves in as mayhem ensues.

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

'PM gives directive against Old Dhaka chemical warehouses'

There is a "standing directive" from the prime minister to remove all chemical establishments from Old Dhaka immediately, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader says.

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.

February 23, 2019
February 23, 2019

Noakhali mourns

A pall of gloom has descended on many villages of Noakhali as 13 of the 67 victims in Chawkbazar fire already identified hailed from the district.

February 23, 2019
February 23, 2019

Collective failure

The devastating fire in Chawkbazar is the outcome of a collective failure of the authorities concerned.

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