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Bailey Road fire in world media

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At least 46 people were killed in a fire in a building at Bailey Road in the capital Dhaka, Bangladesh. At least 22 people were seriously injured. Many of them are in critical condition. It is feared that the death toll may increase. The news of this horrific fire has also appeared in the international media.
Major international media including Reuters, AFP, AP, ANI, BBC, The Guardian, CNN, TRT World, Al-Arabiya News, Arab News, NDTV, and Hindustan Times reported the fire as “Breaking News”.
The fire broke out in a building called Green Cozy Cottage around 10 pm on Thursday (February 29). Soon after, the fire spread to the entire building. The fire started on the ground floor of the building and fell and spread upwards. Many people were trapped in the upper floors of the building due to the fire on the ground floor. Many were jumped from above to save lives and many tried to go down the stairs but failed.
Some eyewitnesses said that many people were injured after jumping from two or three floors, however, they survived. According to the fire service, the entire staircase became like a “fire furnace” due to the presence of gas cylinders in the staircase. As a result, no one could use the stairs to get down. It is also learned that “no more than three people could travel through the stairs” at the same time.
The fire service says most of those who died were not burned by the fire, but actually “died of suffocation due to the smoke”. The building had no fire extinguishing system.
The BBC reported that at least 43 people were killed in a fire in a multi-storey building in Bangladesh, according to the country’s health minister. Local media said that the fire broke out in a restaurant in the capital Dhaka around 10 pm local time on Thursday. 75 people were rescued and dozens more were taken to hospital. According to fire officials, the fire was brought under control after two hours and the cause is under investigation.
“At least 43 people were killed and many others injured in a massive fire overnight in a six-story building in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka,” Reuters reported, citing the health minister. The fire broke out at a popular biryani restaurant at Bailey Road in Dhaka late on Thursday night. Relatives of those killed in the fire began gathering at the hospital early Friday morning to receive the bodies of their loved ones.
According to Reuters, fire incidents are quite common in densely populated Dhaka. Incidents of fire have now also increased in new buildings, mainly because these buildings are often “built without adequate safety measures”. Defective gas cylinders, air conditioners, and weak electrical wiring can cause fires and explosions.
On the accident (AP), ANI, The Guardian, CNN, Indian media NDTV, Al-Arabiya News, Arab News, The Hindu, Hindustan Times, and many other media have published similar news.

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