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Properties worth Tk 80 lakh damaged in fire: BB

Samakal Correspondent
Properties worth Tk 80 lakh has been damaged due to the fire that took place in the central bank at night on March 23, BB Chief Spokesperson Subhankar Saha said.


"No important file or document was damaged in the fire. A kettle was found on the scene," he said today while addressing a press conference at the central bank headquarters in the city on the findings and recommendations of an investigation committee.


The fire broke out on the 13th floor of central bank at around 9.20 pm on March 23 and it was doused in an hour as firefighters rushed to the scene immediately.


Officials, however, said earlier that the fire gutted parts of the central bank's Foreign Exchange Policy Department.


Two separate committees were formed to probe the incident of fire. One committee was formed by the Fire Service and Civil Defence (FSCD), while the other by the central bank with its Executive Director Ahmed Jamal as the head.


The BB's three-member internal committee handed over its investigation report on Tuesday (March 28). 


Subhankar Saha said different kinds of goods, including decorative and office equipments worth about Taka 80 lakh were burnt in the fire. 


He said the committee has recommended further strengthening the existing fire protection system of the bank to resist similar incidents in future. 


The committee also suggested appointing a fire controller or safety officer to ensure uninterrupted fire security in the bank, Subhankar Saha added. 


The probe committee said it is not right to use any risky device, including electronic kettle, in the building, he said adding that it also suggested stopping the circuit breakers through the caretaker after the officials and employees leave office. 


Responding to a question, Subhankar Saha, also an executive director, said the cause of the fire will be known after the completion of the investigation of FSCD committee.


With BSS inputs 


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