Fire fighters were attacked by locals on Sunday arriving late to put out a fire near the GEC intersection of Chittagong city.
Around 12:30pm on Sunday, an electric transformer in the GEC area short circuited and caught fire.
On receiving information about the incident, five fire service vehicles rushed to the spot, which they reach around 12:50pm.
Two vehicles from Chandanpura Fire Station reached the spot around 1:00 pm, along with another two from Agrabad Fire Station.
Fire service sources allege that locals were enraged at the fire service’s delayed arrival and resorted to attacking them.
The agitated people chased the fighter fighters, hurled bricks at them and vandalised their vehicles.
Abdus Sattar Mondal, deputy director of Chittagong Fire Service and Civil Defence said seven fire fighters had sustained injuries, including Deputy Assistant Director Jashim Uddin and Chandanpura’s Senior Station Officer Neuton Das, and two vehicles were damaged.
“The injured fire fighters received primary treatment from Chittagong Medical College Hospital. Two fire fighting vehicles were vandalised and some other fire fighting instruments got stolen from the spot,” said Mondal, adding that they would soon lodge a case regarding the matter.
Chittagong Fire Service and Civil Defence Deputy Assistant Director Jashim Uddin said the blaze had been brought under control well before the fire fighters had arrived.
On behalf of the traders in the location, the Central Plaza Shopping Complex Merchants’ Association General Secretary Zakir Hossain said: “The fire fighters reached the spot late because of heavy traffic congestion. No traders were involved in the attack.”