Fire at Barisal Bhatarkhal slum gutted thirteen houses, damaging properties worth Tk 30 lakhs

Fire at Barisal Bhatarkhal slum gutted thirteen houses, damaging properties worth Tk 30 lakhs

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Fire at Bhatarkhal slum area of Kirtonkhola river side in Barisal city, gutted and damaged thirteen houses on Monday noon.Fire service estimated damages of properties worth Tk 15 lakhs, while the victims claimed damages worth Tk.30 lakhs.Barisal City Corporation Mayor Ahsan Habib Kamal, councilors visiting the spot assured to help the affected people.Witnesses said the fire broken out after 12:00 noon and Fire Service rushed to the spot within ten minutes.The flame was controlled and fire extinguished within an hour, said Shakhwat Hossain Officer in Charge of Kotwali police station.Fire service also succeeded to save hundred houses and properties at the slum and adjacent area with the help of the local people, he added.Anowara Begum, one of the affected victims in the slum area, claimed that properties worth Tk 30 lakhs were damaged by fire.However Md. Alauddin, senior station officer, Barisal fire service station, said damages would be Tk15 lakhs. Four units of Fire Service rushed to the spot and extinguished the fire within an hour.He assumed that fire instigated from kitchen of Saddam’s house in the slum area. Barisal Correspondent

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