Dhaka – Fire Service and Civil Defence department has launched an investigation into the fire that broke out at a hospital in Dhaka killing at least five people, officials said on Thursday.
The fire broke out at the newly constructed coronavirus unit located on the premises of the private United Hospital in Dhaka’s Gulshan neighbourhood on the night of Wednesday.
It killed all the five patients undergoing treatment at the islolation unit, Brigadier General Sajjad Hossain, chief of the fire-fighting department, said.
An investigator told reported on Thursday that most of the fire extinguishers at the newly constructed unit was out of date. The hospital staff failed use to douse the flame.
The fire-fighting official said all the patients died of suffocation.
Mayor of the North Dhaka City Corporation Atiqul Islam, who visited the scene said the hospital authorities’ negligence might have caused the accident.
Earlier on Wednesday night the fire-fighter chief said: “We have recovered the bodies of four men and a woman from inside the debris.”
Patients undergoing treatment at the main building of the hospital are safe, he said adding that the fire-fighters took 30 minutes to douse the flame.
An electric malfunction might have caused the accident, Hossain said.
The 450-bed United Hospital, founded in the mid-1980s, is considered one of the high-end health facilities in Bangladesh.