By Mizanur Rahman, Dhaka Tribune:
When Md Shahidul Islam, station officer at the Siddik Bazar fire station in Old Dhaka, first heard about the fire at FR Tower on Thursday, he was in his office.
“As soon as we received the emergency call from our DG [director general of Fire Service and Civil Defence], our unit started for the scene with our turntable ladder and other firefighting equipment,” he told the Dhaka Tribune on Friday.
But as usual, Shahidul’s unit was slowed down by traffic between Bangabazar and Banani.
“Still, we were able to reach the spot quicker than expected because of the police,” he added.
As soon as they reached the blazing building, they began setting up the ladder.
While working, Shahidul and his fellow fireman, Shohag Chandra Karmakar, witnessed the lengths people went to escape the fire inside the building .
“I saw a person jump from the building to save his life. You cannot be but affected by that,” the firefighter said.
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