CHATTOGRAM: An oil depot, a motor workshop and 12 dwelling houses were gutted in a devastating fire in Sitakunda upazila on Wednesday afternoon.
Fire Service and Civil Defence (FSCD) sources said the fire broke out around 2:00pm at the oil depot, locally known as Jainaler Kalo Teler Depot, in Salimpur Abdullahghata beside Dhaka-Chattogram highway under the upazila.It spread fast engulfing the workshop of Tata Company and nearby dwelling houses within a few minutes, they said.
Noticing black smoke from the depot, locals rushed to the spot to douse the fire.
Panic gripped residents of the adjoining area were seen coming out of their houses with valuables, sources said.
Deputy assistant director (DAD) Purno Chandra Mutsaddi of the FSCD, Chattogram, said, ”Being informed, 20 fire fighting units from seven stations rushed to the spot. They brought the fire under control after around one-and-a-half-hour. Firemen had to face difficulties to douse the fire due to existence of combustible substances at the depot, he said.
The fire gutted the oil depot, a workshop of Tata company and 12 tin-roofed houses, said the DAD.
Extent of damages and reason behind the fire could not be ascertained till filing of the report in the evening. “An investigation will be conducted in this connection,” Purno said.Meanwhile, traffic on the busy Dhaka-Chattogram highway halted for 30 minutes, witnesses said.