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DNCC market fire: One family lost 6 shops, now fears loan repayment

  • Published at 09:46 pm March 30th, 2019
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Gulshan DNCC Market gutted by fire on the early hour of Saturday, March 30, 2019 Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

Rabeya, the owner says the fire has taken everything from them

Rabeya Sultana, owner of six shops at the Gulshan Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) kitchen market, rushed to the scene after she was informed of the deadly fire.

She went with her younger daughter Shahida, and her husband Monir Hossain, after her sister-in-law informed them of the fire early morning on Saturday. 

"My sister-in-law called around 5:30 am about the fire, as her husband lives nearby. They got to know about it through his employer.

After getting the news, my husband and I rushed to the market. But I cannot find my husband now. I have my daughter with me," Rabeya said, worried.

She was constantly crying as she suffered the same fate back in the 2017 fire at the market. 

Rabeya and her husband were involved in a partnership business since 1992. Later in 2010, her husband started their own shop. However, Monir also jointly owned 5 shops at the kitchen market, which sold crockery items.

"We have lost everything. Just 15 days ago, we bought Tk6 lakh worth of products. We also have Tk12 lakh in loans.” 

“I don't know what to do now. The fire has taken away everything from us. We were able to turn things around the last time. But I am not sure what will happen now," Rabeya said. 

The couple has four daughters. 

Rabeya said: "My eldest daughter has given the SSC exam. What will I do now? How will I manage this loan which I took from banks and NGOs?”

Around 200 shops were burnt to ashes in the DNCC market fire on Saturday.