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Jute mill fire under control in Chittagong

  • Published at 06:31 pm January 18th, 2019
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Fire and smoke seen emitting from Victoria Jute Mill at AK Khan Intersection in Chittagong city on Friday, January 18, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

Five units of fire fighters are working to douse the fire as of 9:30pm

The fire which broke out at warehouses in a closed jute mill in the city's Pahartali area on Friday afternoon was brought under control after around five and half an hours.

Deputy Assistant Director of Chittagong Fire Service and Civil Defence Jasim Uddin said they brought the fire under control around 10:30pm.

He said the fire originated at a warehouse at Victoria Jute Mills around 5:15pm.

Sources said eight companies, including RFL, Unilever and Unitex, established warehouses after hiring the vacant spaces of Ispahni Group-owned Victoria Jute Mills.

Quoting witnesses, local councillor of Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) Nesar  Ahmed Manju said the fire originated at the RFL warehouse and spread to others.

Jasim said they suspected that the fire ensued from an electric short circuit.

Three warehouses were gutted fully while three others partially in the fire, he said, adding that firefighters could save the goods of two other warehouses.

On information, 10 firefighting units with 22 vehicles rushed in to bring the flame under control after frantic efforts of five and a half an hours, the Fire Service official said.

A devastating fire broke out in a close jute mill at the AK Khan Intersection in Chittagong city on Friday evening.