DHAKA, Sept 14 (Reuters) - A huge fire gutted several hundreds shops at a market in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka, but there were no casualties as the blaze swept through the area in the early hours of Thursday, before stores opened.
It took six hours for military forces and firefighters to contain the blaze, which spread quickly in the Mohammadpur market due to the large amount of flammable items such as cooking oil and plastics, officials said.
Fire service official Shahjahan Sikder said there were no casualties in the fire, which was likely caused by an electric short circuit.
[1/5]Firefighters work after a fire broke out at the Mohammadpur Krishi Market in, Dhaka, Bangladesh September 14, 2023, in this picture obtained from social media.
In April, a fire in a shopping complex in Dhaka injured several firefighters and burned down some 5,000 stores.
Shahjahan Sikder, Ruma Paul, Miral
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DHAKA, Dhaka, Bangladesh