30 shops in Dhaka furniture market gutted

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).

  • Driving a $900,000 Porsche 918 Spyder to the future 1 hour 9 minutes ago
    Driving a $900,000 Porsche 918 Spyder to the future

    It’s more than just its inherent speed, or the whooshing noise that fills the cabin like a school choir jamming with James Hetfield. It’s what it represents in an industry full of skeptics. It’s a portal into the future – a time capsule left by some mad scientist born decades too soon. It’s something that shouldn’t exist. And yet it does.

  • 919 reasons to love: Flickr photo of the day 2 hours 23 minutes ago
    919 reasons to love: Flickr photo of the day

    We've brought you the drive video of the $900,000 Porsche 918 Spyder -- an 887-hp hybrid supercar with two electric motors working in harmony with a big 4.6-liter V-8. But how about this? Porsche's hybrid Le Mans racer -- the 919 Hybrid, sent to us by Kevin Leech. Get on board with electrification, folks. Because it's taking over the world.

  • Watch a man drive his three-wheeled Mustang along a Texas highway 8 hours ago
    Watch a man drive his three-wheeled Mustang along a Texas highway

    Some things in life are hard to explain, like why a dentist insists on asking you questions when you clearly can't respond. Or why we call pants "a pair" even though it's just one. Or how about this puzzler: Why a person would drive their Mustang along a Texas highway despite it missing a wheel? Life is full of little mysteries, I guess.

  • Singaporeans slam NEA's $120 licence requirement for tissue sellers
    Singaporeans slam NEA's $120 licence requirement for tissue sellers

    Singaporeans on social media reacted angrily to news that tissue sellers at hawker centres and street corners are being required to pay for an annual licence.

  • Heartbreaking texts from students on sinking S. Korea ferry
    Heartbreaking texts from students on sinking S. Korea ferry

    Heart-wrenching messages of fear, love and despair, sent by high school students from a sinking South Korean ferry, added extra emotional weight Thursday to a tragedy that has stunned the nation. Nearly 300 people -- most of them students on a high school trip to a holiday island -- are still missing after the ferry capsized and sank on Wednesday morning. Mom, I love you," student Shin Young-Jin said in a text to his mother that was widely circulated in the South Korean media.

  • Indonesia’s armed forces chief says “no apology” for warship’s name
    Indonesia’s armed forces chief says “no apology” for warship’s name

    General Moeldoko, the head of Indonesia’s Armed Forces, has clarified that he had not apologised for the naming of a warship after two Indonesian marines who had been involved in the 1965 MacDonald House bombing in Singapore.