Several garment scrap warehouses in Gazipur's Konabari were gutted by fire on Thursday night.
Six firefighting units managed to extinguish the flames after a five-hour effort, but they had to work till midnight to bring the situation under control.
Gazipur Fire Service and Civil Defence Deputy Assistant Director Md Akhtaruzzaman told the Dhaka Tribune: “A number of warehouses for garment scraps were located on the Konabari Jailkhana Road under Gazipur City Corporation. A fire broke out at one of the warehouses around 6:30pm on Thursday.”
The fire quickly spread to nearby warehouses, as most of the structures in the area were made of wood, bamboo and corrugated tin sheets. Locals attempted to douse the flames themselves but failed.
Six firefighting units rushed to the scene but had to struggle as there was no source of water nearby.
After five hours of effort, the blaze was brought under control around 11:30pm, but it took another half an hour to fully douse the flames.
According to sources, the fire gutted at least 15 to 16 warehouses and destroyed a big amount of stored goods.
The cause of the fire and extent of damage could not be known immediately.