Dhaka – More than 200 stores at Gulshan kitchen market have been burned to ashes after a fire broke out Saturday, two days after 25 people were killed in a blaze at private commercial high-rise building in Dhaka.
Firefighters needed more than two hours to douse the flame at the Gulshan kitchen market popularly known as DCC market in Dhaka’s affluent Gulshan neighbourhood, fire fighting official Shakil Newaz said.
The shop owners were seen trying to bring out the goods damaged in the blaze after the fire fighters completely extinguished the flame.
The fire broke out at around 6 am at the makeshift stores, built using corrugated iron sheets and steel structure after a devastating fire razed part of the DCC market (now it is called DNCC market). House hold usages, food, utensils and other good were at those stores.
Din Mohammad, a leader of the market’s trading association, said all the makeshift stores at the eastern part of the market were gutted completely. The fire also damaged parts of the five-storey Gulshan shopping complex. Some other makeshift shops on the north-western corner of the market premises were saved.
No casualties were reported in the fire.
The fire is believed to have originated at a perfume store according to Atikul Islam, mayor of the Dhaka North City Corporation, who visited the scene soon after the fire broke out.
On Thursday, a fire at 22-storey commercial Faruk Rupayan Tower in Dhaka’s Banani neighbourhood, located less than two kilometers away from the Gulshan kitchen market, killed at least 25 people. Seventy others were admitted to hospitals with burn and other injuries.