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Get to the bottom of Gulshan fire

  • Published at 01:55 pm January 3rd, 2017
  • Last updated at 02:02 pm January 3rd, 2017
Get to the bottom of Gulshan fire

What caused the devastating fire at the DCC market in Gulshan in the early hours of Tuesday?

So far, there is only confusion as to what caused the fire, and it is a matter of utmost importance that the authorities get to the bottom of what really happened.

Right now, questions abound.

Did the fire originate from an electric short circuit? Was it an accident, as the authorities claim it most likely was? Why was the water supply so woefully lacking in the rescue efforts?

Even hours later, at 2pm, the fire department was unable to fully extinguish the devastating fire which caused the collapse of parts of several buildings including the kitchen market, and damaged several hundred shops.

While it is a matter of some relief that no casualties have been reported so far, the incident has managed to spread panic among traders -- many of them facing devastating losses.

Furthermore, there is the question of why the disaster was handled in such an apparently unplanned and incompetent fashion.

This is a matter of the utmost seriousness, and we expect the authorities to treat it as such.

Hundreds, if not thousands, of lives and livelihoods lie in ruins, and those responsible must be brought to book.

At this stage nothing can be ruled out, and the operating assumption should be that this was not an accident.

Complacency or carelessness in the investigation is unacceptable.

Coming on the heels of the two recent fires in Korail and Saat Tola, it is natural that questions are being asked and that suspicions abound.

The only way to put such questions and suspicions to rest is to launch a full and thorough investigation into the incident.

The Bangladeshi people are watching.

And we demand answers.

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