BSEC Bhaban fire under control

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– New Age photo

Smoke is seen billowing from the top floor of BSEC Bhabhan, which catches fire this morning. – Sony Ramany

The devastating fire which broke out at Bangladesh Steel and Engineering Corporation Bhaban in Kawran Bazar area of Dhaka was brought under control at around 2:00pm on Friday.
HM Mahbubur Rahman, the director operations of fire service, said the fire brought under control at around 2:00pm. He said they suspect the fire originated from the store room of Amar Desh office at the top floor and the
Fire service officials said that a total of 14 fire fighting units worked to bring the blaze under control.
TV footage showed huge smoke billowing from the 10th floor of the building, which housed pro-opposition daily Aamar Desh office and a studio of satellite television channel Ntv.
The building also housed several other offices including two TV channels – Rtv and Ntv- and ICT companies etc.
The publication of Amar Desh print version remained suspended since April 2013, but the online version of the newspaper is being published regularly.
A five-member team was formed to probe into the fire incident.
‘We have already formed a five-member probe team headed by deputy director Mizanur Rahman to find out the cause behind the fire,’ director (operation) of Fire Brigade and Civil Defence HM Mahbubur Rahman said.
The other members of the committee are deputy assistant director Masudur Rahman Akand, senior station master of Tejgaon Fire Station Tanharul Islam, its warehouse inspector and station master of Mohammadpur Police Station.
The committee has been asked to submit the probe report by seven working days, he added.
People working at the 11-stoired building came out after the fire broke out at about 11:45am.
The transmission of both Ntv and Rtv remained suspended after the fire broke out.
The building, which is commonly known as BSEC Bhaban, was also caught fire in 2007.
(Fifth Update)

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