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Cotton factory warehouse gutted in Mongla EPZ fire

A cotton factory warehouse in the Mongla EPZ was destroyed in a massive fire on Monday morning. The Guangzhou Huasheng Science and Technology Factory’s warehouse caught fire around 4am. Five firefighting units struggled for 12 hours to contain the blaze but by then, goods inside the warehouse had been completely destroyed. It is still unclear what sparked the fire. Neither the EPZ authorities nor the fire service officials could say anything about the cause of the blaze. Bagerhat Fire Service’s Deputy Assistant Director Md Golam Sarowar said the factory staff first saw the fire at the warehouse. Five firefighting units from Bagerhat, Khulna, Mongla port, Navy and EPZ joined hands to put out the fire. “We contained the fire around 4:30pm but the goods at the warehouse had been gutted. Smoke was belching out of the burnt cotton piles. The fire service members are clearing the burnt merchandise,” he said.

He, however, could not say what caused the fire. The extent of damage could not be ascertained yet.

Mongla EPZ General Manager Mahbub Ahmed Siddique said the reason behind the fire could not be known yet.

He said the Chinese factory had started operation in February this year but was forced to shut down because of the coronavirus outbreak.

It resumed operation in November. The factory used to export thread.

Mahbub said it would take some time to know the extent of damage.

In 2018, Bangladesh earned $17,200 by exporting cotton sewing thread, according to the Observatory of Economic Complexity (OEC). The main destinations of cotton sewing thread exports from Bangladesh are Myanmar, Brunei, and Denmark.

Source: United News of Bangladesh