DHAKA, Jan 3, 2017 (BSS) - The fire that broke out in Gulshan-1 at DNCC (Dhaka North City Corporation) Market early today is now almost under control due to frantic efforts of firefighters since the morning.
"The fire that broke out at about 2.30 am at one-storey DNCC market at Gulshan is now almost under control," Enayet Hossain, officer-in-charge (OC) of Fire Service and Civil Defence (FSCD) headquarters, told BSS about 4.30 pm.
He said apart from 22 teams of firefighters, Red Crescent, members of law enforcement agencies and voluntary rescuers are jointly working to douse the blaze that also engulfed nearby three-storey Gulshan Shopping Complex with a little affect at its first floor.
"Fire gutted over 100 shops and collapsed a portion of the market while it also partially damaged the kitchen market," the fire official said, adding that two people received burn injuries and they were undergoing treatment at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH).
He said reason behind the fire could not be known immediately and the loss of the fire is yet to be estimated.
Mayor of DNCC Anisul Haque, local lawmaker AKM Rahmatullah, Inspector General of Police (IGP) AKM Shahidul Hoque and Director General of FSCD Brigadier General Ali Ahmed Khan visited the spot.
Replying to a query of journalist, Mayor Anisul said, "It may not be any sabotage about 99 percent."
"Fire officials primarily presumed that electric short-circuit might be the root-cause of the fire incident," he said.
Meanwhile, a five-member enquiry committee was formed to investigate the fire incident. Headed by Deputy Director of FSCD Debashish Bardhan, the other committee members are: Assistant Director of FSCD Masudur Rahman, Salah Uddin of Tejgaon Station, Inspectors Shariful Islam and Thanharul Islam.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)