Fire at city’s Chalantika slum again

150 houses burnt down

Staff Correspondent

25 January, 2020 12:00 AM printer

A devastating fire again gutted about 150 shanties of Chalantika slum at Rupnagar in the capital early Friday, leaving two people injured.

The fire broke out at the slum around 4:09am and a total of 15 units of Fire Service and Civil Defence brought it under control at about 5:45am.

The injured — Parveen, 35, and Shahidul Islam, 20, were undergoing treatment at the burn unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH). The reason behind the fire or the extent of loss could not be ascertained immediately.

The fire service formed a five-member committee to investigate the incident.

The loss and origin of the fire can be known after the investigation, said Fire Service officer Ziaur Rahman.

Bacchu, in-charge of DMCH Police Outpost, said that the injured were brought to the hospital around 7:00am. About 90 percent of the body of Parveen been burnt in the fire.

Earlier on August 16 last year, a massive fire broke out at the slum and gutted several hundred shanties. A total of 24 units of fire fighters doused the blaze at that time.