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Dhaka Tribune

Uttara kitchen market fire: What do traders have to say?

  • Cause of fire not yet known, says fire service
  • 16 shops gutted
Update : 13 Mar 2024, 11:45 AM

Like most other markets, the Uttara Furniture Market was gearing up for Ramadan and Eid. However, about 16 shops of the market were burnt in a fire in just one hour on Tuesday. 

Market traders have been left disoriented at the loss. The traders spoke about their helplessness, sitting in front of the burnt shops on Tuesday afternoon.

They said that most of the shops in the market had been closed for just a few hours for the first Taraweeh of the first Ramadan. During the preparations for Sehri at midnight, they came to know about the fire. 

Alauddin, a furniture dealer, said that some new furniture was brought in on the occasion of Eid. However, the fire has made everything uncertain.

Ramzan, a poultry trader, said: "While preparations were going on for the sehri, a person from a nearby shop called and said that the shop was on fire. I ran and saw that the shop was closed. After the fire was put out, I opened the shop and found that there was nothing left inside. Everything was destroyed."

According to witnesses, fire was seen in two shops in the market around 1:45am. Within minutes, the flames had spread throughout the market. 

None of the locals had any idea how the fire started.

When contacted, Tajul Islam, deputy director (Operation and Maintenance) of the Fire Service in Dhaka Division, said: "Nothing is known yet. The investigation can be said to be subjective.''

Nine fire fighting units from Uttara, Tongi, Kurmitola, and Pallabi fire stations engaged in efforts to douse the fire.

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