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Fire incidents rise alarmingly

Update : 26 Apr 2014, 07:03 PM

Fire incidents have reached an alarming rate in Chittagong this month.

Over 25 fire incidents had already been recorded in the current month, Deputy Assistant Director Jasim Uddin of Fire Service and Civil Defence in Chittagong said.

The incidents left at least five people, including three children, dead.

The fire service officials opined that hike in temperature, lack of caution in houses and factories, faulty electric supply lines and use of defective gas cylinders were responsible for this rise in fire incidents.

A RMG factory and a furniture shop were gutted in separate incidents in the port city’s Bakalia and Kalurghat industrial areas yesterday. The incidents burned down assets worth Tk15 lakh.

Mohammed Yahea Khan, assistant director of Fire Service and Civil Defence Headquarter, Agrabad, said fire originating from an electric short-circuit had engulfed a RMG factory in Natun Chaktai area under Bakalia police station.

Another fire broke out at Kitco Furniture Limited in Kalurghat industrial area. Fire service officials estimated the loss to be worth Tk15 lakh.

Talking to the Dhaka Tribune, Jasim Uddin said: “Because of the current temperature hike, all substances remain dry and fire engulfs them very quickly.” He further said overheated machineries also caused fire some time because of frequent fluctuation in electric voltage, adding that the rate could be reduced if the people could be made more aware of such incidents.

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