September 19, 2021, 4:46 pm
Abdullah Al Mamun, Chapainawabganj: A terrible fire broke out in Taha Bazar (old market) of Chapainawabganj town. As a result, about 43 shops including wholesale shops, grocery shops, garment shops, spice shops, perfume and surma shops have been burnt to ashes. Goods worth crores of rupees have been burnt to ashes. No casualties have been reported.
The fire started from a clothes shop in the market around 4.30 pm on Thursday. At that time, the locals saw the flames and informed the fire service. Upon receiving the news, two units of the district headquarters tried to control the fire. But within moments the fire spread quickly around and it got out of control. At this time the rest of the shops along with their goods were burnt to ashes.
Md. Liton, owner of Taj Fashion, said the whole of his shop had been reduced to ashes. His shop had goods worth about Rs 15 lakh.
Md. Anisur Rahman of Arif Food Store said all his belongings in the shop were burnt. It has caused an estimated loss of 40 lakh rupees. There are bank loans. It’s all over. Now you can’t think where and how to repay the loan.
According to the traders of the wholesale grocery store, they used to buy and sell rice, sugar, flour and oil products from different parts of the district. They will get about half a crore taka from the traders. These were written in the ledger. The book was burnt in the shop fire.
Asadul Haque, president of the Taha Bazar Management Committee, said the fire was believed to have started from a clothing store in the market around 4.30pm on Thursday. At that moment, the flames spread all around. Later, the fire service team came and started putting out the fire. After about three hours the fire was brought under control. But all of this ended up burning.
Officer-in-charge of Chapainawabganj Sadar Police Station Mozaffar Hossain said that as soon as they got the news of the fire, the Sadar Police Station came to the spot and tried to control the crowd. Upon receiving the news, the fire service vehicles came and they were assisted in various ways.
Abdur Rashid, deputy director of the Rajshahi division of the fire service, said they rushed to the spot after hearing about the blaze and brought it under control after a three-hour effort. How the fire broke out cannot be said without investigation. As many as 43 shops were gutted in the blaze. The extent of the damage is yet to be determined.
The shopkeepers complained that the fire service could not work on time. There were also mechanical disturbances. However, Abdur Rashid denied the allegations and said that the mental condition of the shopkeepers was not working properly as they were affected by the fire. So he complained.
Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Manjurul Hafeez, Superintendent of Police AHM Abdur Rakib, District Awami League Co-President Bir Muktijoddha Ruhul Amin, Chamber President Erfan Ali, Former President Abdul Waheed and District Council Member Abdul Hakim rushed to the spot. During this time they spoke to the affected shop owners and offered comfort.
The district Awami League leaders also visited the spot on Friday morning to offer condolences to the affected traders. During the visit, they assured to take necessary assistance to the victims through Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
District Awami League president (acting) former MP Ziaur Rahman, vice-president Heroic freedom fighter Ruhul Amin, General Secretary Former MP Abdul Wadud, Joint Secretary and Member of Parliament for Chapainawabganj-1 Dr. Shamil Uddin Ahmed Shimul, Member of Parliament Ferdousi Islam Jesi, District Awami League Vice President Syed Nazrul Islam, Vice President Dr. Golam Rabbani, Treasurer and President of the Chamber Erfan Ali , District A-League Joint-Secretary Professor Shariful Islam, Organizing Secretary Mesbahul Shaker Jyoti, Office Secretary Arifur Reza Emon, deputy office secretary Monirul Islam and others were present.