500 shanties gutted in fire at Tongi’s Mazar slum

Around 500 shanties were gutted in a fire in the Mazar slum of Gazipur’s Tongi early today.

Lt Col Jillur Rahman, director (operations) of fire service said this while talking to journalists at the spot.

Nine firefighting units fought the blaze for around two hours and tamed it around 6 am, said Rashed Bin Khaled, duty officer of Fire Service and Civil Defence Headquarter.

Several people were injured in the fire that broke out around 4 am, reports Bangla daily Prothom Alo quoting Tongi Fire Service Station Officer Iqbal Hossain. The cause of it could not be known immediately, he added.