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Over 100 shanties gutted in Mohakhali fire

Around 100 shanties and small makeshift shops were destroyed in a fire which originated at the ‘Sattola Bosti’ in Dhaka’s Mohakhali on late Monday night.

The fire, which occurred at around 11:45pm, was brought under control at around 12:55am, Duty Officer of fire service headquarters control room Mahfus Riven said.
It took 12 firefighting units to extinguish the flame at around 2:55am, he said adding that at least 98 semi-pucca shanties and small makeshift shops were gutted in the incident.

The cause of the fire and extent of damage could not be known immediately. However, no casualty was reported, the fire service officer said.

Photos and footages from the site during the fire incident showed the area covered in thick black smoke as volunteers and firefighters scrambled to extinguish the pockets of flames.

Once the fire was put out, the scale of devastation started becoming clear.

Fires at slums in Dhaka, home to many low-income people, are quite common and leave thousands of their residents homeless.

According to data compiled by Bangladesh Fire Service and Civil Defence, there were 174 fire incidents at slums in Dhaka, Chattogram and Rangpur last year.