A man has been killed and six others injured after an air-conditioner compressor exploded at the United Arab Emirates (UAE) consular section (visa office) in Dhaka’s Gulshan 2 area.

According to an article in the Dhaka Tribune Fire service officials suspect that a 35-year-old man died while undertaking repair work on the rooftop of the 14-storey Empori Financial Centre building. He went to the rooftop to work on the chiller plant of a central air conditioning system that covers the whole building.

A few moments after the first explosion, another one took place on the ground floor of the same building at the UAE consular section (visa processing centre) around leaving another six people injured.

In addition to two fire units attending the scene, bomb disposal police also rushed to the building.

Confirming the matter, Senior Station Officer of Baridhara Fire Service and Civil Defence unit Abul Kalam Azad said an investigation is underway to verify the cause of the incident.

“We can say from our initial investigation that the fire broke out at the UAE visa office due to the AC-outer explosion at the rooftop where the technician died,” he said.

 “Subsequently another explosion occurred in the lowest part of the central AC line, on the ground floor [UAE consular section].”


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