A devastating fire broke out at Malibagh kitchen market in the capital on Thursday morning.
The fire gutted 260 out of 300 shops of the market, said Mohammad Nurul Haque Nuru, a member of the market committee.According to sources at fire service control room, the fire broke out around 5:30 am. On information, 14 units of firefighters rushed to the spot to bring the blaze under control. Finally, the fire was brought under control around 6:35 am following frantic efforts of the fire fighters.
However, the reason behind the blaze could not be known immediately after the incident.
During a spot visit, this correspondent found many traders wailing while others were seen searching the debris.
A trader, Abdul Malek, informed that he had brought spices worth Tk 3 lakh ahead of Shab-e-Barat, but the fire burnt everything.
Mohammad Mamun, a rice seller, lamented saying the fire gutted rice worth about Tk 15 lakh of his shop.
A grocer named Nadim informed that the blaze destroyed everything of his shop.He said, “The traders won’t be able to turn around if they do not get government assistance.”
Amzad Hossain, a meat seller, informed that he had brought 18 goats ahead of Shab-e-Barat, but the goats roasted alive.