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This time garments factory in Dhaka catches fire

Nayadiganta English Desk

14 April 2019,Sunday, 21:25



A fire broke out at a garments factory in a 10-storey building in Bangladesh's capital Dhaka at around 5:20pm today [Sunday], the first day of Bangla new year 1426.

After tremendous efforts of more than two hours by 15 Fire Service and Civil Defence units the blaze came under control at about 7:30pm, fire authorities control room told Nayadiganta English Version.

The on-duty officer added that rescue operations are still going on.

According to preliminary rescue report, a huge amount of properties may be smashed but no death casualties have been reported till filing of this report at 9:00pm.

The fire originated at a godown [warehouse] on the sixth floor of the building named “City Park” in the area, according to control room of fire authorities’ headquarters.

Frequent fire incidents have risen tension among city-dwellers in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka in the recent periods.

Only half-month ago on March 28 a devastating fire killed 25 people and injured above 70 in the upscale Banani area of Dhaka.

Just two days later on March 30, a fire gutted all 221 shops at a market in upscale Gulsan area of capital Dhaka.

Only one month prior to those two big blazes another deadly fire in the old and congested Chawkbazar area of Dhaka claimed at least 72 people and injured dozens other.

Bangladesh also marked its biggest fire tragedy in the same old part of capital Dhaka, Nimtali area, nine years back in 2010 that claimed 124 lives including 117 people instantly burnt to death on spot while at least 150 others received critical burn injuries.

Dhaka, one of the world’s most densely populated cities with above 20 million people, is rapidly growing with high-rise buildings allegedly violating existing building codes.

Manpower as well as technical supports of the Fire Service and Civil Defence is also far behind the need in terms of structural growth.

After every fire disaster, authorities are seen to speak loud against irregularities and technical lacking that needs few days to be doused though the big scar of the fire-victims lasts long amid traditional ignorance of the authorities. 

Kamruzzaman

 

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