Vol. 5 Num 514 Mon. November 07, 2005  
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Fire burns down 70 spice shops in Lalbagh

A fire that blazed until yesterday morning gutted some 70 shops at a spice market at Moulavibazar in the city's Lalbagh area Saturday night.

The blaze started at 8:35pm Saturday night and continued to rage until 11:00am yesterday, said Fire Service and Civil Defence but could not ascertain its origin, which it is still investigating to know.

The fire service said the flame engulfed the entire market, one of the biggest wholesale spice markets in the capital, and damaged goods to the tune of Tk 50 lakh.

But the traders claimed the damage was much higher. They also alleged that the firemen did not reach the spot in time.

Fire fighters had to park their fire extinguishing vehicles at Begumganj, several hundred yards off the spot, as the lane to the market was too narrow. The shopkeepers demanded for widening the lane to avoid any such future accidents.

They claimed there were 82 shops in the market, but the fire service numbered them at 70. Abdur Razzak, president of the market committee, claimed the fire burnt all his 13 shops, damaging around Tk 2.5 crore.

The state minister for food and disaster management visited the spot yesterday and assured the most affected traders of giving Tk 25,000 each as compensation from the ministry.

A roaring fire, which started Saturday night and continued until yesterday morning, engulfs an entire wholesale spice market at Moulvibazar in the city's Lalbagh area, burning some 70 shops to ashes. PHOTO: STAR