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70 shanties gutted in Kalyanpur fire

  • Published at 11:13 pm October 30th, 2020
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Firefighters working to douse the fire at Notun Bazar slum in Dhaka's Kalyanpur on Friday, October 30, 2020 Dhaka Tribune

Fire Service and Civil Defence has formed a three-member probe committee to investigate the incident

A devastating fire has burnt 70 shanties to ashes at Notun Bazar slum in Dhaka's Kalyanpur area.

Ershad Hossain, duty officer at the Fire Service and Civil Defence Control Room, said the fire which broke out at the slum at 9pm on Friday was fully doused around 2:05am on Saturday, reports UNB.

Ten firefighting units went to the spot and brought the fire under control around 11pm, he said.

Firefighters working to douse the fire at Notun Bazar slum in Dhaka's Kalyanpur on Friday, October 30, 2020 | Dhaka Tribune

Two firefighters were injured while extinguishing the fire, said Ershad Hossain.

Alongside them, several people were burnt in the incident and took primary treatment from nearby pharmacies, reports Bangla Tribune.

Of the burnt -- Anwar, 21, and Aktar Hossain, 19 -- have been admitted to the Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery in critical condition. Both of them sustained 50% burns on their bodies.

Firefighters working to douse the fire at Notun Bazar slum in Dhaka's Kalyanpur on Friday, October 30, 2020 | Dhaka Tribune

Fire Service Assistant Director Md Salahuddin told journalists that the blaze might have been ignited from a gas cylinder blast.

Locals said the firefighters also faced acute water shortage to put out the blaze.

Meanwhile, the Fire Service and Civil Defence has formed a three-member probe committee to investigate the incident.

Each family to get Tk5,000

Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Atiqul Islam expressed sorrow and conveyed sympathy to the slum residents who became victims of the fire.

In a press release, the city corporation said each family will get Tk5,000 as financial assistance on behalf of the mayor.

Besides, arrangements for adequate food and water for the victims have been made along with setting up makeshift medical camps and mobile toilets, it added.

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