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Jute mill fire in Khulna under control

  • Elevn firefighting units work to douse the blaze
  • Fire originates following a short circuit 
  • TK100 crore loss, claims owner of the jute mill 
  • Dumping work underway
Update : 04 Apr 2024, 12:23 AM

A fire that broke out at a jute mill in Khulna’s Rupsa upazila on Wednesday afternoon, was brought under control at night. 

Elevn firefighting units worked to bring the fire under control. 

The fire broke out around 5:30pm at the Salam Jute mill situated in the upazila’s Jabusa area, said Md Abdul Quadir of the Khulna Fire Service control room.

 Although the fire was brought under control around 9:30pm, the dumping work is still going on.

The fire service workers took the initiative to enter inside by cutting the wall of the mill.

According to the owner's claim, there has been a loss of around Tk100 crore.

The owner alleged that the fire service personnel worked inefficiently to control the fire.

However, it has been said on behalf of the fire service, that there were no measures to bring the fire under control. 

MMA Salam, proprietor of Salam Jute Mill, said that the products produced in three warehouses were 750 tons, estimated value of Tk1.50 crore and raw jute was 1300 tons, estimated value of Tk20 crore.

He said, in total, there has been damage of around Tk100 crore.

He complained that fire service personnel are not working sincerely. They tried to douse the fire from outside without entering inside the room.

Assistant Director of Fire Service and Civil Defense Khulna Farooq Hossain Shikder said the fire service is trying its best to douse the fire. There is no firefighting system in the establishment. As a result, they have to face problems. 

Manager of Salam Jute Mill, Bashir Ahmed, said that the fire started following a short circuit due to a mechanical fault in a machine no one located in warehouse No 3. Within a short time, the fire spread to warehouses No 2 and No 1.

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