30 shops in Dhaka furniture market gutted

The News Desk in Dhaka/The Daily Star
Asia News Network

Dhaka (The Daily Star/ANN) - Thirty shops were gutted as a fire swept through a furniture market on Panthapath in Dhaka early Monday.

No one was injured, said fire fighters who managed to douse the blaze at 5:00am after three hours of frantic efforts.

According to Fire Service and Civil Defence officials, the fire originated at a shop named Paragon Furniture at the roadside furniture market known as "Foreign Furniture Market" from an electric short circuit around 2:00am.

"It soon spread to the other adjacent shops and houses," Shahjadi Sultana, a station officer at the Fire Service and Civil Defence headquarters, told The Daily Star.

On information, 11 fire-fighting units rushed to the spot and succeeded to douse the fire after three hours, she said.

The fire burnt 17 furniture shops, 10 furniture factories, a motor workshop and two tin-roofed houses, she said.

The extent of damage caused by the fire could go up to 1.40 crore taka, fire fighters estimated roughly (one crore is equivalent to 1,000,000).