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Firemen give up fight to tame Gazipur clothing factory blaze

  • Gazipur Correspondent,
    Published: 2015-06-01 03:24:03 BdST

Fire fighters have apparently given up on taming the blaze that has sweeping a clothing factory at Gazipur for nearly 12 hours.  

“This is our first experience of fighting fire in a fully metal-built establishment this high,” Deputy Assistant Director of Gazipur fire services, Akhteruzzaman Liton, told around 1:30am on Monday. 

“A number of steel sheets of the outer walls have fallen off and we are now working from a safe distance,” he said.

"The fire is still raging. It is gutting clothing and other materials," the factory's manager, Nazmunnahar Kemu, said on Sunday night. 

“We can see smoke coming out of the second, third and fourth floors of the seven-storey building but we cannot get up there,” Liton earlier said, explaining what was happening with their efforts. 

He said 14 of their units from Dhaka, Joydebpur, Sreepur and Mymensingh’s Bhaluka were working.

Liton added their efforts were being hampered, as the steel, with which the building was built, had got very hot due to the fire.

Joydepur fire station officer Hasibul Islam said they were also failing to supply enough water since the structure did not have enough windows or doors.

“The building’s steel frame has already weakened due to the heat and if the fire is not tamed anytime soon, it is going to collapse,” he had said earlier.

Islam added the fire broke out on the second floor store around 2:15pm during the lunch break when most workers and executives were outside the building.

“It reached the fourth floor in a matter of minutes.”

However, the fire officials are yet to identify the cause of the blaze at the factory, which employs nearly 3,000 workers.

However, initial speculation is that an electrical short-circuit could have caused it.