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Fire consumes yet another Chittagong slum

  • Published at 11:04 am January 31st, 2020
Chittagong slum fire
Aftermath of a fire broke out at a slum in Mirzarpool, Chittagong on Friday, January 31, 2020 Dhaka Tribune

Fourteen firefighting units doused the flame around midday

Fire broke out at yet another slum in Mirzarpool under Panchlaish police station in Chittagong city's Muradpur area after the previous one last Friday.

The blaze started around 10:20am on Friday and quickly spread around the slum.

Farid Ahmed Chowdhury, Deputy Assistant Director of Chittagong Fire Service and Civil Defence, told Dhaka Tribune that 104 shanties were gutted during the fire.

“The origin of the fire could not be ascertained immediately,” said the official adding that no casualties had immediately been reported.

Meanwhile, the fire incident seemed mysterious to local ward councillor Morshed Alam, who demanded a proper investigation into these two consecutive fire incidents.

Speaking to Dhaka Tribune, Morshed Alam said: “It is suspicious that the two fire accidents took place at the same time on two consecutive Fridays. We have urged the authorities concerned to investigate the incidents,” said the ward councillor.

On January 24, as many as 98 shanties were gutted when a devastating fire broke out at the same slum, originating from a short circuit.

2 more fires in 2 districts

In Madaripur, four houses were reduced to ashes when a fire broke out at Surjomoni village in Lakshmipur union of Kalkini upazila.

Local residents brought the fire under control after a two-hour struggle to control the blaze.

Lakshmipur Union Parishad Chairman Md Tofazzol Hossain Gendu Kazi said: "The houses were owned by Anwar Dhali and Mannan Dhali. Valuables worth Tk10 lakh were destroyed in the fire. The fire originated from the kitchen of Anwar Dhali.”

In Jamalpur, a fire broke out at Beauty Plaza market's ground floor in the district's Medical Road at 11:30pm on Thursday.

On being informed, two firefighting units rushed to the spot and brought the fire under control at 12:30am.

A mobile and electronics shop was burned to ashes during the fire.

The extent of damage caused by the fire was estimated at Tk50 lakh, according to the shop owner.

Jamalpur Fire Service and Civil Defence Senior Station Officer Md Afsar Uddin said: "How the fire started is yet to be determined."

Our Correspondents Monjur Hossain, Madaripur; and Bishwajit, Jamalpur also contributed to this report