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Some 12 fire tenders took over three hours to douse the flames around 8:00am.

Later, the firemen recovered the body of Yeasin from a shop, said Dewan Azad, duty officer of Fire Service and Civil Defense Control room.

The number of fire incidents in Bangladesh has increased over the last two decades as the country’s urban areas are expanding without basic fire safety measures.

According to data provided by the Fire Service and Civil Defence, around 285,000 instances of fire occurred in the country between 1 January, 1999, and 31 December, 2020.

These fires also caused an estimated financial loss of around Tk 69 billion to the state exchequer.

Besides, at least 2,308 people were killed in fires across the country between 2004 and 2020, the fire service data shows.

The year 2019 saw the highest number of 24,074 fire accidents, while 2020 witnessed the second highest of 21,073.

As per the statistics of the Fire Service and Civil Defence, around 99,752 fires occurred in the country between 1 January, 2016, and 31 December, 2020.

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