A fire broke out on a ferry in the Meghna River in Bhola, leaving at least 10 goods-laden trucks gutted on Thursday.
No casualty was reported in the incident, but the ferry ‘Kalmilata’ suffered slight damage, said Alam Sikder, a staff in the ferry. The fire might have originated from either a mosquito coil or a cigarette, he said.Md Parvez, manager of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) of Bhola, said that the ferry ‘Kalmilata’ left Maju Chowdhury jetty in Lakshmipur at around 2:00am for going to Bhola.
When it reached the middle of the river, the fire broke out around 4:00am. On information, firefighters reached the ferry and doused the fire after a two-hour frantic effort, he said, adding that at least 10 goods-laden tucks suffered damage in the fire. The official said that the fishermen in the river came forward to rescuing the passengers. They evacuated them unhurt.
Meanwhile, the Bhola district administration formed a five-member committee to look into the matter. Additional District Magistrate (ADM) Sujit Howlader has been made head of the committee.
The other members of the committee are Executive Engineer of Roads and Highways Nazmul Islam, Additional Superintendent of Police (Sadar circle) Mohsin Al Faruk, Deputy Director of Bhola Fire Service and Civil Defence Faruk Hossain and Assistant Director of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority Mohammad Kamruzzaman.