Fire at paper mills

Property worth about Tk 1 crore was gutted when a devastating fire broke out at the Asian Papers Mills at West Muktarpur of Munshiganj Friday morning. Quoting the eyewitness, Mizanur Rahman, in-charge of Muktarpur river outpost said the fire originated from an electric short circuit at the 11KV transmission line of the tin-shed warehouse of the Asian Papers Mills Limited, owned by the Fakir Group at around 10:15am and immediately engulfed the whole ground floor of the main factory loaded with huge finished products and raw materials.

On receipt of the information, five fire-fighting vehicles from Munshiganj and Narayanganj went to the spot and extinguished the fire after more than one and a half hours efforts at around 11:45am.

Nurul Alam, the Munshiganj Fire Service station master told The Independent, “The Fire Service and Civil Defence personnel tried to douse the flame with their frantic efforts but the fire was continuing under the stockpile of the papers and spread thick smoke till 1:00pm”.

“We are yet to confirm reason behind the fire as the cause of fire and its extent were still under investigation,” he added.

No casualty was, however, reported in the incident.

Sub-inspector Rezaul Karim, the duty officer of the Munshiganj Sadar police station told The Independent, “The Fire Service and Civil Defence personnel of Narayanganj fire station left the scene at around 1:30pm as Munshiganj and Narayanganj fire fighters managed to douse the flame through their frantic efforts.”

The loss due to the fire was at least Tk one crore, police said.


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