A fire at the Amar Ekushey Book Fair at the Bangla Academy premises, burnt down about 27 book stalls on Monday. The fire started at the Drindranath Chattar near the Bangla Academy pond around 1:00am. Six fire fighting units controlled the fire within 45 minutes.
The publishers claimed that they lost books and other materials worth about TK 2 to 2.5 crore. Two Air-Condition machines of Bangla Academy also burnt out. It is not yet been determined the cause of the fire. The publishers were in a meeting at the Bangla Academy premises at 10:00am on Monday with the authority to review the situation.