Banga Bazar: A fire broke out in a shop around 6:00 a.m. The fire service tried to douse the fire with a few gas bottles. But due to lack of water, the fire failed to be controlled.
Banga bazar and three adjacent commercial areas are said to have been almost completely destroyed.
Banga Bazar fire: Hundreds of firefighters tackle blaze in popular market in Bangladesh
Hundreds of firefighters have been mobilized in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, to battle a massive blaze that ripped through a popular clothing market and engulfed the city’s oldest neighborhoods in black smoke. No casualty has yet been reported in the Tuesday morning fire. Shop owners and fire service officials told reporters that Bangabazar Bazar and three adjacent commercial areas were almost completely burnt.
More than 50 units of the fire service are working to control the fire but as of 6:08 pm the fire has not been brought under control.
“About 600 firefighters… are working to bring the fire under control,” fire department spokesman Rakibul Islam told AFP, adding that the blaze broke out in the early hours of the morning. A military spokesman said in a statement that an air force helicopter had joined efforts to put out the fire. Aerial footage from a helicopter showed hundreds of people watching the fire from a nearby overpass.
Bangladesh Army and BGB have joined the fire service. Law and order forces are struggling to handle the eager crowd.
The market is a popular destination for Western fashion brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, selling clothes produced in the city’s garment factories but failing to meet export standards. Distraught shop owners told reporters the fire left them destitute ahead of Eid, the Muslim festival at the end of Ramadan and the country’s biggest religious festival.
Authorities could not say anything specific about the cause of the fire. The amount of damage is estimated to be more than 500 crores.
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