Dhaka, Bangladesh
Train, two slums burn in blazes

Train, two slums burn in blazes

News Report: A train went up in flames in Brahmanbaria, where a railway tragedy occurred recently, while two slums also burnt down in fires in Dhaka and Chattogram the same day. There were, however, no reports of human casualties in the three fires that occurred Friday within hours. A number of people were injured while jumping off the train out of panic, and two in the Dhaka slum fire. A fire broke out at 'Parabat Express' train and the fire was doused within half an hour on Friday. Brahmanbaria Railway Station sources said they found fume emitting from the power car of Sylhet-bound 'Parabat Express' train while it was entering the outer signal of the station around 8:30 am. Later, a firefighting unit went to the spot and extinguished the blaze. Around 1000 liters of oil and a portion of the engine were gutted in the fire. A number of passengers got injured while trying to get down from the train hurriedly. Meanwhile, 18 people were killed when Chattogram-bound Udayan Express from Sylhet and Dhaka-bound Turna Nishita from Chattogram collided at Mondobhag Railway Station Kasba upazila of Brahmanbaria on November 12, 2019. A fire broke out at a slum at Chalantika again in the city's Mirpur area on Friday. A portion of the slum in Chalantika on Mirpur-7 road was destroyed in fire in August last year. Two people identified as Rabeya, 45, and Shaheen Islam, 35, were injured in the fire. They were taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital. It is not clear what sparked the fire. Thhe fire was doused after hours of frantic efforts. Anwar Hossain, deputy assistant director of Fire Service and Civil Defence, Mirpur zone, said the fire was extinguished around 9am. Russell Shikdar, a duty officer at the Fire Service and Civil Defence control room, said the fire broke out at the slum on Mirpur-7 road around 4:11am and it spread fast. He said 15 firefighting units went to the spot and brought the blaze under control around 5:45am. Locals said more than 100 shanties were gutted in the fire. Brigadier General Sazzad Hossain, Director General (DG) of Bangladesh Fire Service and Civil Defence, visited the spot. Rahima Begum, 65, a resident of the slum, said she had six hovels at the slum. "I rented out three of them. Me and my family managed to come out when the fire broke out but our television, refrigerator and Tk 17,000 in cash were gutted in the fire," she said. Zohra Begum, 46, a tenant of Rahima, said she had been living at the shanty with her daughter and son for the last ten years. "I have lost my valuables including television, refrigerator, Tk 6,000 cash. My daughter, a class IX student at Mirpur Ideal High School, fell unconscious as her books were gutted in the fire." Meanwhile, a fire has burnt down a slum in Chattogram city's Shulkobahar. The fire broke out in the area's Babu Colony around 10:30 am on Friday, according to Farid Uddin Chowdhury, deputy assistant director of Agrabad Fire Service. Five units of the fire service brought the flames under control around 11 am. But the work to dump the burnt goods are still ongoing, said Farid. "We are yet to determine the source of the fire but we believe it may have originated in one of the homes in Babu Colony." The narrow alleyways in the neighbourhood hampered access to the site and efforts to extinguish the flames, said the fire service official. The colony in Decoration Road consists of about 200 to 250 makeshift homes sheltering low-income families. The majority of the shanties were gutted in the fire which raged on for about an hour and a half, according to some locals. There were no reports of casualties in the incident, said Assistant Commissioner Debdut Majumder of Chattogram Metropolitan Police's Panchlaish Zone.

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