Chemical blaze kills 67 at Chawkbazar in Dhaka, Bangladesh

February 26, 2019 in Latest News


At least 67 people died by devastating blaze in Chawkbazar  in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 20 February, making it the second deadliest chemical-fueled fire in the country after the 2010 Nimtoli incident. Among the death, 25 are workers of different occupation. Of them 22 are from various factories and shops, 2 are rickshaw puller and another one is hawker. 10 workers also injured from the inferno.

The flames spread to five buildings like a wildfire in the packed area with narrow lanes, making it difficult for firefighters to respond faster and more efficiently. At least three of the buildings had highly inflammable chemical warehouses on different floors.

Soon after the fire started following a loud bang, it ripped through five buildings, including a community centre. Three of the buildings had highly flammable deodorants, air fresheners, cosmetics and plastic beats, setting off a chain of explosions and a wall of flames down nearby narrow streets clogged with heavy traffic.

The first explosion that led to Wednesday’s devastating fire in Chawkbazar area might have took place at Haji Wahed Mansion, suggested footage of at least two separate CCTVs installed nearby. The second floor housed a storeroom of perfumes along with three residential flats while combustible and flammable substances were found in the basement.

Between 2004 and 2018, at least 1,970 people have been killed in more than 2 lakh fire incidents across the country, according to fire service data.