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Big fire in Khulna, Khagrachhari

Star National Desk

Cash and belongings worth Tk 25 lakh were lost in two big fires in Khulna and Khagrachhari on Tuesday.Our Khulna Staff Correspondent reports: Over 100 shanties were gutted in the fire that broke out at Sonadanga Sweepers’ Colony at midnight.

As a result, over 500 men, women and children were rendered homeless. Cash and belongings including gold ornaments worth over Tk 15 lakh were looted by miscreants during the incident.

According to eye-witnesses, the fire originated from an oven of a roadside hotel. At that time, the hotel owner was enjoying a cultural function near the colony keeping the oven active. Soon, the fire engulfed the entire colony.

Fire fighters fought for over one and a half hours to bring the blaze under control, local people said.

The affected sweepers yesterday threatened stoppage of work if their demands are not met.

Our Khagrachhari Correspondent reports: Property worth Tk.10 lakh including an office of the freedom fighters was brunt to ashes at Matiranga bazaar at midnight.

Fire Brigade sources said, the fire originated from a tea stall at about 11.45 pm which spread the nearby shops and offices very fast.

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