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Death toll climbs to 8

Friday, November 09, 2018 - 838 hours ago

Five people, who suffered severe burns in a fire, apparently caused by malfunctioning of an electric rice-cooker at a house in the Aramnagar area of Joypurhat district on Wednesday night, died early yesterday (Thursday). This raises the death toll to eight. The deceased were identified as Abdul Momin (37), Dulal Hossain (71), father of Abdul Momin, Momena Begum (65), mother of Momin, Hashi and Khushi (12), twin daughters of Momin, Brishty (14), another daughter of Momin, and Pari (34), wife of Momin, and Nur (6), son of Momin.

The fire broke out at 9pm on Wednesday in the city's Aramnagar area, near the Joypurhat Shaheed Zia Degree College, according to the Fire Station of Joypurhat. Sirajul Islam, inspector of Fire Service and Civil Defence in Joypurhat, told The independent: "We're yet to ascertain the cause of the fire.

It's being assumed at this stage that it was caused by a short-circuit." It is known that Momena Begum was cooking rice in a rice-cooker in her kitchen when suddenly a fire broke out. Asked whether the origin of the fire was from the rice-cooker or electric short-circuit, the inspector said they are not sure. "There was nothing to examine because the fire destroyed everything. But we found that the rice-cocker was plugged in," he added.

A three-member committee has been formed with Sirajul Islam, Md Nizam Uddin, deputy director of Fire Service, Bogura, and Md Mahabub-ur Zaman, warehouse director, to investigate the fire. The report has to be submitted on November 15, said the inspector. Earlier, three members of the family—Abdul Momin, Momena Begum, Brishty—were burnt to death, while five others had sustained severe burns. On being informed, firefighters rushed to the spot and doused the blaze.

Dulal, Parina Begum, Hasi and Khushi, and Abdur Noor were taken to the Joypurhat Modern District Hospital, where doctors referred them to the burns unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH). All of them died on the way to the DMCH around 5:30am, said Sirajul Islam, officer-in-charge of Sadar police station.

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