The fire in a cotton warehouse at Sitakundu of Chattogram has been still raging for nearly 19 hours, according to the media report.
Total of 18 units, eight fire engines, four units of the army, four units of the navy, and two units of the air force are working to control the fire. However, firefighters are struggling to control the fire under control due to water shortage.
A stock of 2,700 tonnes of cotton at Unitex’s warehouse is making it difficult to extinguish the fire, media reported citing administration officials.
Speaking to the media, Touhidul Islam, assistant commissioner of Chattogram district administration, said that the fire was still out of control and it is burning at various places in the warehouse.
The fire broke out at 10:30 am yesterday at the warehouse near Nemson Container Depot in the Chhoto Kumira area of Sitakunda.
Fire Service and administration officials said that the fire started from a welding spark as welding work was being carried out at the warehouse over the last one week.
Upazila Nirbahi Officer of Sitakunda Shahadat Hossain visited the spot around noon yesterday.
Sitakunda Model Police Station officer-in-charge and senior station officer of Sitakunda Fire Service and Civil Defence have been stationed at the site of the fire since then and were supervising the firefighting activities.
According to district administration sources, Deputy Commissioner Of Chattogram Abul Bashar Mohammad Fakhruzzaman has been on the spot since 6:30 pm yesterday.