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Fire Service, CAAB probe committees visit Dhaka airport

  • Published at 09:19 pm August 12th, 2017
  • Last updated at 09:21 pm August 12th, 2017
Fire Service, CAAB probe committees visit Dhaka airport
Separate probe committees of Bangladesh Fire Service and Civil Defence and the Civil Aviation Authority, Bangladesh (CAAB) visited Dhaka airport on Saturday to collect evidence of Friday's fire incident. The fire broke out at the main building of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka on Friday and was doused after nearly one and a half hours of efforts. No casualty was reported, but there were some flight delays. The Fire Service team spent around four and a half hours at the airport and visited the offices of Air India, Saudi Arabian Airlines and Qatar Airways, said Fire Service Deputy Director Debashish Bardhan, who led the team. “We have spoken to 10-12 people and collected evidence. We suspect that the fire originated at the Air India office, but nothing can be confirmed yet as to how it happened,” he told the Dhaka Tribune. “We have only started the investigation. It will take a week. We will disclose our findings after we finish the investigation.” Asked about possible losses, he said: “We have asked the Air India, Saudia and Qatar Airways offices to give us reports on what losses they have suffered from the fire, if any. Once we get those reports, we will be able to say exactly how much damage this fire has caused.”
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Meanwhile, the CAAB probe committee, which visited the airport on Saturday morning, did not make any comment regarding their investigation. However, CAAB issued a press statement on Saturday, signed by Public Relations Officer AKM Rezaul Karim, which said the fire had originated at the Air India office. The press release said the fire alarm of the airport went off around 1:25pm on Friday, and the fire was brought under control around 2pm with joint efforts of the airport fire extinguishing team and the Fire Service. In the meantime, the power line in the airport was shut down for safety and the airport staff and passengers were sent outside. The fire caused damage to the Air India and Qatar Airways offices, the statement said. The airport authority has allotted a temporary space for the affected airlines to run their operations. The CAAB statement also said the fire incident had not caused any trouble for the flight operations.
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