A massive blaze that erupted earlier this week at the Bangabazar wholesale market in Dhaka, the biggest such shopping complex in Bangladesh, was completely doused on Friday after a period of 75 hours, fire officials said.
More than 700 firefighters from 48 units of the Fire Service and Civil Defence (FSCD) worked at the site and brought the blaze under control at about 9.30 a.m.
The fire erupted early Tuesday morning at the Adarsha Market in the complex, gutting some 7,000 shops.
Businessmen have repeatedly blamed vandalism as the cause of the massive fire. The reason for this is the construction of multi-storeyed buildings of the City Corporation and the allotment of space for two organizations.
The fire broke out twice in the complex previously in 2015 and 2019. The Bangladesh Shop Owners Association has claimed that the damage caused by the fire is approximately Tk2,000 crore, seeking an initial allocation of Tk700 crore from the government.
Earlier, About 700 firefighters were continued working on Wednesday to completely douse a massive blaze that erupted at the Bangabazar in Dhaka — the biggest wholesale market in Bangladesh — 36 hours ago.
Brigadier General Md Main Uddin, Director General (DG) of the Fire Brigade of Bangladesh, told IANS that the firefighters were part of the 12 units that are currently pressed into service to douse the flames.
The firefighters were working on the fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh floors of the Anexco Tower which are warehouses. He said that to put out the fire in Bangabazar there was a lack of water. “To put out the fire, we had to bring water from Shahidullah Hall with a pump. The Air Force also assisted in dousing the fire by bringing water from Hatirjheel by helicopter.
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