Online Desk: Thousands of dreams have been burnt into ashes after the massive fire broke out at Bangabazar Market in the capital on Tuesday.
Traders came to their burned shops on Wednesday morning and saw how their last belongings were burnt to ashes in the devastating fire. They never thought they would see such a thing. They have lost everything in the massive fire.
Traders had to incur loss due to Covid-19 in last two years. They had a plan to recover the loss ahead of the upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr and they stored huge goods. But all goods worth crores of taka have been destroyed by fire.
During visit to the spot on Wednesday morning, it was seen that a trader named Sabuj Mia was crying taking the burned cash box in his hands.
He said, “I was never ready to see such a situation. There were products worth about one crore in my three shops. I have now become a beggar”.
Director General (DG) of Bangladesh Fire Service and Civil Defence Brig Gen Md Main Uddin said on Tuesday that Fire Service and Civil Defence authorities had identified the Bangabazar Market as the most vulnerable to risk of fire incidents. In this regard, letters were sent to the market authorities at least 10 times declaring it risky.
“We hung banners many times declaring Bangabazar Market and surrounding buildings as dangerous. But those were removed. Traders were running their businesses without paying any heed to letters sent by the fire service”, he said.
Around 50 units of Fire Service along with members of army, police, BGB and RAB extinguished the devastation blaze, that broke out at the market at about 6:10am, after an effort of six and half hours.