At least four people, including a couple, were killed and 20 others injured as a fire ripped through a colony at Chandra in Kaliakoir upazila of Gazipur district on Monday.
The blaze, which was believed to originate from a gas cylinder explosion, also burned down about 50 tin-shed rooms of the colony, leaving residents to live under the open sky.The deceased were identified as Milon Mia, 40, and his wife Munni Begum, 30, hailing from Gobindaganj upazila in Gaibandha district, Farhad Hossain, 38, son of Ashraf Ali, and Abdul Awal, 40, son Osman Goni. They all are neighbours.
Witnesses said the gas cylinder went off with a big bang at the room of Nasima Akhter, a garment worker, when she
was trying to light a gas stove and the room caught fire. Nasima fortunately managed to come out of the house unhurt.
Meanwhile, the razing fire spread to adjoining rooms of the colony owned by Liton, Jony and Mohammad Ali.
The injured were taken to different hospitals.
The Fire Service and Civil Defence formed a five-member committee with its Director (Operations) Lt Col Zillur Rahman as its head to look into the fire incident.Mahfuz Riben, duty officer at the Fire Service and Civil Defence control room, told the Daily Sun that the fire broke out at the ‘90 Colony’ at Kalampur in Chandra around 5:53am.
Being informed, four firefighting units from Kaliakoir and other fire stations rushed in and brought the fire under control around 6:30am while the blaze was completely doused around 8am.
About the reason behind the fire, the duty officer said the investigation into the incident will dig out it.
Meanwhile, Kabirul Alam, station officer of Kaliakoir Fire Service Station, said the fire broke out following a big bang when a woman tenant tried to light a gas stove.
Jahirul Islam, additional superintendent of police of Gazipur district, said the bodies were handed over to their families and Tk 20,000 was given for the burial of each.