At least 250 shanties were gutted in a fire that broke out at Korail slum in the capital’s Mohakhali area early Thursday, fire service sources said.
However, the slum dwellers claimed that around 2,500-3,000 houses had been gutted.
Palash Chandra Madak, duty officer of Fire Service and Civil Defence (FSCD) headquarters, confirmed about the fire saying the fire broke out around 2:50am inside Korail-Boubajar slum.”
“On information, 20 firefighting units from various fire stations rushed to the scene and brought the fire under control around 7:15 am. Firefighters managed to douse the flame around 2:30pm,” he said.
Major AKM Shakil Newaj, director (operation) of the FSCD, said, “We are yet to ascertain the reason behind the blaze. We have formed a three-member probe committee to investigate into the incident. The committee is being headed by Abdul Mannan, deputy director of Development (FSCD). The other members are Abdul Jalil, deputy assistant director (FSCD), and Forhad Uz Zaman, senior station officer of Tejgaon fire service.”
However, the slum dwellers suspected the incident to be an act of sabotage.
Meanwhile, Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Mayor Annisul Huq visited the spot in the morning and assured help to the affected families.
On December 4, last year, 500 shanties were gutted in another fire at the slum.