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Fire at Sylhet hawkers’ market doused

A fire that broke out at a hawker’s market at Laldighirpar in Sylhet city early Monday, has been doused, officials said.

The fire started around 3:30am at the market. On information, several firefighting units have brought the fire under control after three hours of frantic effort.

No casualties were reported immediately.

Mamun Parvez, duty officer of Sylhet Fire Service Control Room, said 17 firefighting units doused the fire around 6:30am.

The reason behind the fire and the details about damages could not be known immediately, he added.

The tin-shed hawkers’ market has around 3,000 shops of cloths. Businessmen feared that their clothes worth Tk crores were gutted by the fire.

Abdus Sobhan, secretary of the market managing committee, claimed that the fire originated from the Bismillah cloth store and gutted around 15-20 shops in the market.

People also looted clothes and valuables during the fire, he claimed. This could not be independently verified.

Source: United News of Bangladesh