Five wooden warehouses have been burnt down in a devastating fire in the ground floor area of Chittagong port. The fire broke out around 4:30 am on Sunday (September 28). Later, around 8 am, 9 units of the fire service were able to bring the fire under control.
According to the fire service, a fire broke out in a wooden warehouse in Nimtala Colony and other residential areas. Later the flames of the fire spread rapidly, and in a moment five wooden warehouses were completely burnt down.
Firefighters from nine units of the port and Agrabad Fire Service took immediate action after the fire broke out and the Nimtala slum and several residential buildings were saved from the blaze, the fire service said.
Meanwhile, timber traders are claiming that half a crore rupees has been lost in the fire. Businessman Md. Helal says that in addition to wood, they had stored various materials including various boards in the warehouse. All have been burnt to ashes in the fire of the moment.
Newton Das, deputy director of the fire service, said staff from two fire service stations rushed to the scene and brought the fire under control. How the fire started and how much damage was done will be known after investigation. However, he said that some residential buildings, including slum areas, have been protected from major damage.