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Banani fire: Injured firefighter Sohel dies

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 10:19 AM, 8 April 2019   Updated: 02:59 PM, 8 April 2019

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Firefighter Sohel Rana, who sustained serious injuries during the rescue operation of Banani FR Tower fire last month, passed away at Singapore General Hospital early Monday. 

Sohel succumbed to his injuries at 4:17 am (Singapore time). 

Farid Uddin, operator of Fire Service and Civil Defence headquarters confirmed the information.

Sohel, a staff of Kurmitola Fire Service and Civil Defence, was among the first responders to the FR Tower fire on March 28 that claimed the lives of 26 people and left around 100 injured. 

He along with some others were taking trapped persons to safety using a ladder while his colleagues were dousing the fire.

As the ladder truck overflowed in the second rescue attempt, Sohel took position on ladder steps. But he got trapped there, and his legs were broken while the ladder was getting folded to drop survivors on the ground. A hole also developed in his stomach. 

At first, Sohel was taken to Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in Dhaka. Later on Friday, he was flown to Singapore for better treatment.