Fire at Suhrawardy hospital under control


DHAKA, Feb 14, 2019 (BSS) – Firefighters brought the fire at Suhrawardy hospital under control as 16 units of firefighters worked to douse the blaze for three hours.

‘Firefighters have brought the fire under control. None – – patient, doctor, employee and attendant – – was hurt in the incident,” Director of Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College Hospital Prof Uttam Kumar Barua told newsmen at the hospital at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar here.

According to fire service and civil defence there was no casualty in the fire incident as all patients were taken to safe place and patients of emergency department were shifted to nearby hospitals.

A five-member probe body was formed to look into the incident.

Fire Service and Civil Defence Director General Brigadier General Ali Ahmed Khan told reporters that they were able to take away the patients safely.

“The fire originated from store room and engulfed from ground floor to several rooms at upper floors. We had to storm into the rooms breaking open the doors to avert any casualty,” he said.

Earlier, Health Minister Zahid Maleque and State Minister for Health Murad Hasan rushed to the hospital.

“The fire originated at a store room on the first floor of a new building of the hospital around 6 pm,” Fire Service’s Central Control Room Duty Officer Md Mizanur Rahman told BSS earlier.