A big fire gutted at least 500 shanties at a slum in Dhaka’s Agargaon on Sunday.
Fire Service and Civil Defence Director M Abdus Salam said the
fire broke out at the ‘Agargaon Bazaar Busti’ (slum) behind the Divisional
Passport & Visa Office at around 12:15pm.
“Nine fire-fighting units
doused the fire after battling for one hour.”
But the fire-fighters could
not say how the fire originated at the first place nor could they give details
of the damage.
Sher-e-Bangla Nagar Police Station’s Sub-Inspector Israfil
Alam said there were no reports of casualties until now.
The victims said
there were at least 500 shanties in the slum built over two acres of land owned
by the Public Works Department (PWD). They said the fire burned down all the
However, SI Alam claimed there were only 130-135 shanties in
Meanwhile, Sher-e-Bangla Nagar PWD-3 office’s accounts
official Mohammad Nur Hossain told bdnews24.com: “The land was PWD’s. An office
of the telecom regulator (BTRC) was supposed to be built on that
He said notices were also sent to the residents several times
asking them to move from the land.
State Minister for LGRD Jahangir Kabir
Nanak also visited the scene after receiving the news of the fire. Foods were
also arranged for the victims at noon at two local schools following his
One of the victims, Chatpati seller ‘Rozina’, 28, said, “We have
lost everything to the fire. We have no idea where we will go
Another victim, ‘Rosy’, 26, told bdnews24.com that before Agargaon
slum, her family lived at the Razabazar slum in the capital. She said they came
to live here after Razabazar slum was gutted. But the fire has made her family
A similar fire broke out had also blazed through a slum
near the Hazaribagh beribandh, on the outskirts of the capital on Jan 21 burning
down at least 40 shanties and 25 rickshaws. In another incident, 11 people were
burned alive to death in a fire on Nov 18 last year at the Boubazar slum at