The wisdom of the department in this acquisition is not clear. Shahdat Hossain, owner of Mahi Mobile Shop in the mall, said they found smoke coming out from a footwear shop at block C. We are expecting good quality report from the committee set up by the ministry of home affairs.
Of those dead, Baki Billa, a member of Bashundhara's own firefighting department, slipped and fell trying to climb down a rope.
Some more may have been partially damaged. Abdul Momin, who works at a clothing shop on the third floor, said they first spotted smoke coming out from a footwear shop on level six. No doubt the government has no magic wand to build its capacity overnight.
Later, military, police and Rab personnel joined them and brought the flames under control at around pm. Deputy Director of Fire Service and Civil Defence headquarters Mizanur Rahman said they rescued 11 security guards from level-8 around pm while eight more people rescued from level-6 around 1 pm.
Some 18 people were rescued, 11 of whom had taken shelter on the rooftop. The two victims -- both employees of the market -- were taking treatment at a private hospital.