Fire damages 8th floor office at CA Bhaban |
A fire gutted some furniture, documents and office equipment at the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh (ICAB) in CA Bhaban at Karwan Bazar in the capital last night.
Monirul Islam Monir, a security guard of the building, said, "When I reached the building around 9:15pm, as I had night duty there, I saw pedestrians looking upwards at the building and screaming 'fire'. I saw smoke and fire coming out of a window on the eighth floor of the building."
Hearing screams of pedestrians and seeing smoke, employees of the daily Prothom Alo, which uses four floors of the nine-storied building as its office, ran out to the street in panic. The newspaper's regular work was suspended for sometime.
Soon after the fire broke out, 10 fire engines reached the spot while policemen and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) personnel dispersed the crowd gathered in front of the building. The fire brigade doused the flames around 10:10pm.
"The ICAB office closed at 5:00pm. The fire started in ICAB's vice-presidents' room where important documents were kept," said an ICAB staff.
"The fire might have originated from an electric short circuit. An air conditioner, some furniture, false ceilings and some documents were burned," said Selim Newaj Bhuiyan, a deputy director of Fire Service and Civil Defence.
"If we had not reached the scene on time, the fire could have spread and done more damage," he added.
Fire fighters try to extinguish a fire that broke out at the office of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh on the eighth floor of CA Bhaban at Karwan Bazar in the city last night. PHOTO: STAR