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270 shanties gutted in Chittagong slum fire

  • Published at 12:43 pm February 3rd, 2020
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No casualties have been reported in the fire accident

At least 270 shanties have been gutted as fire broke out at yet another slum in Chittagong city.

The fire eruptedat the SRB slum situated beside a railway inPaschimMadarbari area, under Sadarghatpolice station,of the city around 5:10 am on Monday, according to Agrabad control room of Chittagong Fire Service.

However, no casualties have been reported in the fire accidentas of yet.

On information, a total of 15 fire fighting unitswent to the spot and doused the fire after two and half hours of frantic effort.

Chittagong Fire Service Deputy Assistant Director Farid Ahmed Chowdhury told Dhaka Tribune that they were working to discern the reason behind the accident.

“Some 270 shanties have been gutted in the fire. The extent of damage due to the fire could not be determined immediately,” he said.

Faruqur Rahman Faruqui, officer-in-charge (OC) of Sadarghat police station said 350-400 families used to live in the slum.

“There have been no casualties in the incident so far,” the OC said.  

This fire incident is evocative of two other fires in Chittagong slums this year.

On January 31, more than hundred shanties were gutted when a slum caught fire at Mirzarpool area in the city.

Prior to that, 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.