Some say sweepers might have set fire to dry leaves, but the fire set nearby years-old trees ablaze
Fire has burnt a years old Albizia (Karoi) tree and two other trees on the Dhaka University (DU) campus.
Confirming the incident, Station Officer of Palashi Barrack, said two firefighting units put out the fire after 30 minutes of massive flames that broke out at 3.58am in the Mall Chattar area of the university on Saturday.
“Three university students came to our office riding a motorbike and notified us of the incident. We rushed to the spot and found three trees in flames,” he said.
“We also doused the fire on dry leaves in nearby scattered places,” he added.
Hamidur Rahman, proctorial team member of Dhaka University said: “We noticed a huge flame while we were patrolling in front of the university’s central library which is some 350 metres away. We informed the proctor and the fire brigade as well.”
“Anyone could have set fire to dry leaves for fun or to enjoy the warmth from the fire, but unfortunately a fire broke out,” he added.
Firefighters initially assumed that sweepers might have set fire to the dry leaves as part of burning waste but the fire caught the nearby years-old trees.
Md Gulzar, a sweeper for DSCC told Dhaka Tribune that the sweepers from Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) clean the main roads near the entry of Mall Chattar, and the sweepers of Dhaka University do cleaning work on the Mall Chattar premises.
Susil Roy, gatekeeper of Arts building said: “Neither do the sweepers of Dhaka University work at midnight, nor do they burn the waste dry leaves at that time.”
“They do their duty in the morning and on holidays, like on Saturday, only an alternative sweeper does the duty. There is no chance of Dhaka University sweepers being involved with the incident,” he added.