Fire kills seven at Bangladesh mall

A blaze tore through the country's largest shopping mall, killing seven people and injuring 50 others in the high-rise complex

03/17/2009


According to Associated Press reports , a March 13 fire tore through upper

The fire at the Bashundhara City mall--which has more than 2,000 stores and cafes—broke out on the complex’s 18th floor. A total of 15 fire trucks quickly responded to the blaze, but the flames spread rapidly. A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said the blaze was fanned by winds and took nearly seven hours to douse.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known, but the Ministry of Home Affairs ordered a three-member committee to look into it. Mohammad Faizullah, one of the architects of the building's engineering team, said the complex was equipped with adequate firefighting tools. Tanjim Ahmed Sohel, state minister of the Ministry of Home Affairs, said efforts to control the fire were initially difficult because the fire department lacked equipment such as ladders capable of reaching the 18th floor.





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