Fire claims 5 lives in Songi­nokharikhan

The UB Post - - Domestic -

A fire that started in Songi­nokhairkhan Dis­trict early on the morn­ing of Oc­to­ber 24 has claimed five lives, the Na­tional Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency (NEMA) re­ported. The vic­tims were a fam­ily of five, which in­cluded the fa­ther, the mother, two chil­dren, and their grand­fa­ther.

The fam­ily had only re­cently set up their ger in a fenced area that they were rent­ing. The par­ents of the chil­dren were a young cou­ple in their 30s, the chil­dren were aged two to five, and the grand­fa­ther was in his 60’s.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion is cur­rently un­der­way to de­ter­mine the cause of the fire. Mean­while, there has been pub­lic out­cry in re­ac­tion to the re­ports that fire­fight­ers were not able to reach the fam­ily’s ger in time due to the fact that the firetruck could not fit be­tween fences of other fam­i­lies. Many have called on the mayor and the city ad­min­is­tra­tion to ad­dress the is­sue of city plan­ning and the ac­cess of emer­gency ser­vices around the city.

In the first nine months of 2018, a to­tal of 2,742 struc­tures fires claimed 53 lives across the coun­try, ac­cord­ing to NEMA.

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