Blaze rips through Bangladesh market

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Published on March 30, 2019 - Duration: 00:45s

Blaze rips through Bangladesh market

A fire broke out at a market in Bangladesh's capital in the early hours of Saturday morning, just two days after at least 25 people were killed in a high-rise blaze elsewhere in the city.

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Blaze rips through Bangladesh market

(ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION) A fire broke out at a market in Bangladesh's capital in the early hours of Saturday (March 30) morning, just two days after at least 25 people were killed in a high-rise blaze elsewhere in the city.

The fire raged for two and half hours, damaging 150 stores in the Gulshan market itself, as well as some in a nearby shopping centre, before it was brought under control, local media said.

No casualties were reported, and the cause of the fire was not immediately known, they added.

The corrugated iron-clad marketplace, which sold everything from vegetables and meat to perfumes and plastic toys, suffered another major fire two years ago.

One shop owner, Borhanuddin, said he never received compensation then, and only just managed to get his shop up and running 10 months ago before Saturday's blaze.

Lax regulations and poor enforcement have often been blamed for several large fires in the south Asian nation that have led to hundreds of deaths in recent years, at least 96 since last month.

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