Families torn apart by deadly fire


 Shahidul sustained 43% burn, whereas his wife Jannatul suffered 95% burns on her body

A family of three people, the father AKM Shahidul Kirmany Rony, 40, mother Jannatul Ferdous, 40, and their only child, five-year-old AKM Rushdi, were living a happy life with a promising future ahead of them.

Shahidul and Jannatul were batch mates and had a love marriage. Their only child, Rushdi, was a playgroup student at a local school. 

Things were going quite normal for them until a fire broke out at the building they were living in Eskaton’s Dilu Road area in Dhaka early on Thursday.

Their only child, five-year-old Rushdi, died at the spot (was later identified by his grandfather AKM Shahidullah) as rescuers had a hard time to identify the victim as he was burnt beyond recognition. 

Meanwhile, Shahidul sustained 43% burn, whereas his wife Jannatul suffered 95% burns on her body, and both are fighting for their lives at the burn unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH), said Dr Samanta Lal Sen, chief coordinator of DMCH Burn and Plastic Surgery Unit.

“Both of them are in very critical condition. They have been kept at the burn unit’s ICU for treatment,” Samanta added.

Moniruzzaman, deceased Rushdi’s uncle, told Dhaka Tribune that Shahidul is a member of the Institute of Cost and Management Accountants of Bangladesh (ICMAB). He also works at an organization as the operations finance manager.

“Jannatul works in a private company as an accounts officer. Rushdi was a student at a local school. They were a very happy family.  

“But a fire destroyed everything,” he added.

Juthi cannot sit for her HSC exams

One of the three victims of the unfortunate fire incident, Afreen Jannat Juthi, 17, was an HSC examinee of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College (VNSC). 

Her dream of sitting for the upcoming HSC exams were burned to ashes early on Thursday morning as a fire gutted the building that she lived in and killed three while injuring numbers.

Her body, just like Rushdi’s, was as well burnt beyond recognition in the fire. 

Moreover, Juthi’s parents, Jahangir Alam and Lal Banu, broke multiple limbs while trying to jump to the roof of an adjacent building in a bid to save their life. 

While talking to Dhaka Tribune, Md Suruzzaman, Juthi’s uncle, said: “Juthi was very scared when the fire started. She panicked and went downstairs while her parents and brother, Ashik Apan, went to the rooftop trying to escape the fire.”

“Juthi was a brilliant student and she was preparing for the upcoming HSC exams. But now she will not be taking part in the test,” Suruzzaman added.

At least three people, including a child, died after a fire broke out in a five-storey building in the capital.

Nine others were also injured in the incident. Among which, two suffered from severe burn injuries, while four had respiratory complications due to the smoke, and the others got injured trying to escape from the fire. 

The incident occurred in Eskaton’s Dilu Road area around 4am on Thursday while the residents of the building were sleeping.