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26 shops gutted by fire in Ctg

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 13 March, 2022 12:00 AM
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26 shops gutted by fire in Ctg
People search through the remains of burnt-out Jahur Hawkers’ Market in Chattogram on Saturday. —SUN photo

CHATTOGRAM: At least 26 shops were gutted in a devastating fire at “Jahur Hawkers’ Market,” in the city’s largest retail market of readymade garments, on Friday night.

Sources in the Fire Service and Civil Defence (FSCD) department said the fire broke out at a shop in the market around 9:30pm. It spread fast engulfing the adjoining shops. A total of 26 shops and semi-pucca store-houses were reduced to ashes in the fire.

On information, 10 fire fighting units from three fire stations rushed to the spot and doused the blaze after a frantic effort of two hours, said Assistant Director (AD) Faruk Hossain Shikder of the FSCD.

The fire originated from an electrical short-circuit. However, the extent of damage in the fire could not be ascertained immediately, the AD added.

Jahur Hawkers’ Market is a popular destination for the middle and lower-middle income people of Chattogram for clothes. The market consists of around 800 shops built on the both permanent and temporary structures.

The shopkeepers generally invest in their shops at this time of the year targeting the Ramadan and Eid, the biggest religious festival of the Muslim in the country. The fire broke out at the weekly holiday shattering the dreams and hopes of the shopkeepers, who turned into victims by the accident.

Many shopkeepers were seen searching for clothes which could be saved from the inferno on Saturday. The traders claimed that loss in the fire wound be several crore taka as many of them stocked clothes targeting the Ramadan and Eid. Chattogram Deputy Commissioner Mominur Rahman also visited the spot at around 11:30pm.

Mentionable, hundreds of shops were also gutted in a fire at the same market in October 19 of 2019.