Fire at Gulshan DNCC market doused, 211 shops gutted

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Fire fighters doused the inferno that broke out at the kitchen market of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) in Gulshan-1 early today. ( News by BSS)

Around 211 tin-shed shops were razed in the fire, said DNCC market President Din Mohammad.

All the stores damaged in the fire were on the ground floor of the market, he said, adding that about 68 stores were left undamaged as these shops were situated a little far away from the spot.

Twenty fire-fighting units rushed to the spot and extinguished the blaze around 8:30 am, said fire service officer Khurshid Anwar.

Army, Navy and Air Force personnel also joined the fire service teams in dousing the flame and no casualty was reported, he said.

The reason behind the fire could not be known immediately.

The fire at the DNCC market took place just two days after the devastating inferno at Banani FR Tower that claimed the lives of 25 people and left around 70 injured.

Awami League acting general secretary Mahbub-ul Alam Hanif, housing and public works minister SM Rezaul Karim, Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Atiqul Islam and fire service director general Brigadier General Sazzad Hossain visited the scene of the fire.

A five-member committee led by Deputy Director of fire service Shamim Ahsan Chowdhury was formed to probe into the fire incident.

The committee has been asked to submit its report within 7 days.