Bangladesh fire LIVE Updates: 70 dead, three-member committee formed to probe blaze

At least 70 people were killed Thursday in a fire that swept a centuries-old area of Bangladesh capital Dhaka. The fire initially broke out at a chemical warehouse on the ground floor of a four-storey building named Hazi Wahed Mansion behind a mosque in Old Dhaka’s Chawkbazar area and quickly spread to nearby buildings.

The death toll from last night jumped to 70 Thursday morning. “The number could rise further as search is continuing,” Reuters quoted Julfikar Rahman, a director of the Fire Service and Civil Defence as saying.

Govt will compensate victims, rehabilitate the affected: Bangladesh Road Transport and Bridges Minister

Bangladesh Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said the government will compensate for the victims and rehabilitate the affected, The Daily Star reported. On his visit to the site of the fire, Quader said “We have taken a lesson from this incident. We will take steps to avert similar incidents in the future,” The Daily Star quoted as saying.

Further, he assured action on the incident after the investigation by the three-member committee. Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said his ministry will come forward to help the Dhaka South City Corporation and provide assistance in the probe.