The fire at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport that broke out at a warehouse in the cargo village has been brought under control around Friday noon.
Officials said 10
fire fighting units tamed the flames after frantic efforts lasting two
Fire Service and Civil Defence officials confirmed to bdnews24.com
about the situation. Flights to and from the airport were reportedly
“The fire began in the courier service section of the cargo
village at around 11:30am,” Fire Service Control Room official Abdur Rahman told
Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Muhammad Faruk Khan
went to the airport after the fire was doused.
He said orders had been
given to form an investigation committee, under the Civil Aviation Ministry, to
probe the fire. Khan said the body will submit its report quickly.
what caused the fire, the minister said it was anticipated to have originated
from the on-going welding work at the warehouse of a company. He, however, said
it was impossible to determine the cause before proper investigation.
present, 40 companies are involved with unloading goods at the airport. The fire
broke out at the storehouse of T&T Express, a multinational courier
Airport Supervisor Zakir Hossain said parcels and documents from
abroad were being kept at that particular warehouse of the cargo
The company’s head of Bangladesh National Operations Department,
Shah Alam, told bdnews24.com all their goods had been gutted in the
He said they would decide later whether to claim compensations for
Minister Khan said authorities had been ordered to ensure
safety of the cargos and warehouses.
Courier Service United Post official
Anwar Hossain said usually goods are loaded in the warehouse on Friday and
delivery begins from Saturday. “Most of our couriers were gutted in the fire,”
he had claimed.
No journalists were allowed inside the damaged warehouse
during the minister’s visit.
Meanwhile, Fire Service and Civil Defence’s
Director General Brig Gen Ali Ahmed said they had formed a five-strong committee
to probe the matter. Fire service head office’s Deputy Director Arup Chandra
Biswas will head the investigation body.