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Probe opens into United Hospital fire

| Updated: May 28, 2020 16:16:15

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The Bangladesh Fire Service has formed a four-member panel to investigate the fire that burned down the isolation unit and killed five patients at the United Hospital in Dhaka.

Debashish Vardhan, deputy director of the Fire Service and Civil Defence, will lead the team. The other members of the committee are Babul Chakraborty, Niaz Ahmed and Md Abul Kalam Azad, reports bdnews24.com.

The committee has been asked to submit the report as soon as possible, Abul Kalam Azad said on Thursday.

The tent-like unit outside the main building of the private facility in Gulshan caught fire around 10pm on Wednesday.

It quickly swept through the structure as the materials used for the construction and the hand sanitizers kept inside were inflammable, the police said.

Three of the patients had tested positive for the coronavirus and the two others tested negative, Dhaka Metropolitan Police’s Deputy Commissioner Sudip Kumar Chakraborty said on Wednesday.

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