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9 burnt dead in Chattogram slum fire

17 February 2019,Sunday, 10:48



A deadly fire guts around 200 shanties of the Bheramarket slum in Chaktai area on Sunday 17 February, 2019. Photo: UNB

A deadly fire guts around 200 shanties of the Bheramarket slum in Chaktai area on Sunday 17 February, 2019. Photo: UNB

Staff Correspondent

At least nine people, including seven members of two families, were burned to death and several others injured as a deadly fire broke out at Bheramarket slum in Chaktai area of Chattogram early Sunday.

Seven of the deceased were identified as Rahima Begum, 60, her daughter Nazma, 16; Zakir Hossain, 8, Nasrin, 4, Hasina, 35, Ayesha, 37, and Sohagh, 19.

Identities of two other victims could not be known immediately.

Mohammad Jasim Uddin, deputy assistant director at Chattogram Fire Service and Civil Defence, said the deceased were sleeping when the fire broke out at the slum around 3am from an electric short-circuit.

Around 200 shanties were gutted, he said adding that after receiving information eight fire-fighting units rushed to the spot and doused the fire around 5am.

Later, they recovered the nine charred bodies from the slum.

 

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