Firefighters have brought the blazes under control
The fire which broke out in a chemical shop near Bangshal Math in Old Dhaka has been brought under control.
On information, seven firefighting units were sent to the spot around 9:20am on Monday, Fire Service Station Officer Mohammad Raihan told Prothom Alo.
“Three units work to bring the fire under control. Now the fire is being put out,” he added.
No casualties were reported. The damage and the cause of the fire will be known after investigation, said the fire service official.
Old Dhaka remains a ticking time bomb during fires because of illegal chemical warehouses, unplanned building construction, narrow roads and high population density.
Nearly two years have passed since the country’s most devastating fire at Wahed Mansion in the Churihatta area of Old Dhaka’s Chawkbazar that claimed 71 lives.
But the chance of another fire as ferocious as that one remains high: chemical businesses continue to run unabated in the area, while many shops and factories violate fire safety guidelines.
The government took several measures to reduce risks of fire in the wake of the tragedy, but they appear to have been in vain.