COX’S BAZAR: At least three Rohingyas were killed here on Friday as a fire broke out in the makeshift Kutupalong Bazar near a Rohingya camp.
The fire started in a market store and quickly spread to seven nearby shops in the early hours when residents of the sprawling Kutupalong camp were asleep. The deceased –Faridul Islam, 25, Ansar Ullah, 20, and Ayas, 20 – used to work in a shop in the market.They died on the spot as the fire gutted seven clothing stores and damaged 10 to 12 other shops, Kutupalong Bazar Committee President Md Helal Uddin, also the member of Rajapalong Union Parishad said.
Md Imdadul Haque, Ukhiya Fire Service Station in-charge, said: “We are suspecting that the fire originated from an electric short circuit around 4:00am in one of the Rohingya shops. It took us several hours to bring the blaze under control.”
“Three charred bodies were recovered from the spot after we put out the fire,” Imdadul said.