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Assistant police superintendent of Armed Police Battalion (ApBN), Kamran Hossain said the fire ensued from a gas chimney of residence of some Mohammad Ali of B/1 block of the camp.

He said the fire had broken out at 4:50 pm and quickly engulfed the adjoining areas.

Taj Uddin, Ukhiya upazila assistant commissioner (land), said a total of 10 houses of the local host community were also gutted in the fire.

The district administration has provided food and warm clothes to the affected people, he said adding the homeless people would be shifted elsewhere within the night.

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