Alexa Mirpur slum fire doused

Dhaka, Tuesday   17 September 2019


Mirpur slum fire doused

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 11:21 PM, 16 August 2019  

Photo: Collected

Photo: Collected

A devastating fire that broke out this evening at Jhilpar slum in Capital’s Mirpur-7 area this evening was doused after two and half hours with the help of locals and 24 units of fire service.

The fire originated at the slum around 7:20 pm, said a duty officer named Ershad Hossain at Fire Service and Civil Defense control room. However, the cause of the fire could not be known immediately. 

The devastating fire gutted more than 1,000 shanties of the slum. The firefighters rescued three injured people and took them to hospital.

Witnesses said fire service cars were unable to reach the scene due to the numerous buildings around the slums and Trailway of Jhilpar.

Meanwhile, Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Atiqul Islam and local MP Elias Mollah visited the spot.

Talking to reporters, the mayor said shelter centers were opened at local schools for the victims while the city corporation will arrange food for them.