After over 6 hrs, Mohammadpur Krishi Market fire under control

A massive fire that broke out at the Mohammadpur Krishi Market around 3:40am, was doused after over six hours of frantic efforts.Two-third of the market was burnt down.A total of 17 Fire Service units and 137 firemen were working to douse the blaze.

The traders at the market claimed that more than 500 shops were gutted by the devastating fire. They said at first the fire originated from Haque Bakery and it spreads soon to the adjacent shops. As the market was closed from outside in the early hours, the firemen failed to enter inside.”The fire might have been originated from electric short circuit. There was no fire safety at the Krishi Market,” said Fire Service headquarters director Lt Col Md Tajul Islam.

“We were facing troubles to douse the fire as there were shops on footpath and road and huge gathering of people.”

Tajul Islam said it took time to bring the fire under control fully.Thursday is the weekly holiday for the market and all traders went to their respective homes closing their shops at night.With the firefighters’ help, many traders wee seen trying to get goods out of their shops.Smoke is still billowing from the site, making it difficult for the firemen to work.

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