Fire guts over 100 shanties in Chattogram

Published: February 10, 2019 15:29:06 | Updated: February 11, 2019 10:56:27

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Over 100 shanties were gutted in a devastating fire at three slums in Rail gate area of Chattogram city on Saturday night.

Three firefighting units from Chandanpur, Agrabad and Bayzid Station managed to douse the fire at 12:30am after several hours of frantic efforts, said Jashim Uddin, Deputy Assistant Director of Chattogram Fire Service and Civil Defense.

The fire originated from an electric short circuit at Jashim's colony at around 9:45pm and soon spread to two adjacent slums in the area, he said.  The fire burned down 47 shanties at Jashim's colony, 40 shanties at Ali Akbar Colony while 27 others at Rahim Colony, according to UNB.

The loss incurred by the fire was estimated at around Tk 2.5 million, Fire Service sources said.

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