Of the 483 cases of fire, 167 were reported in Sadar upazila, 141 in Baliadangi upazila, 105 in Pirganj upazila, 55 in Ranisankail upazila and 15 in Haripur upazila of the district.
The figures include fires due to electrical short-circuits, fires from cooking gas cylinder leaks and those accidentally started by children.
According to investigations carried out by the government department, 53 fires were due to electrical short-circuits, 41 originated from gas ovens due to leaks in supply pipes and nine started by children while playing with fire.
Station officer of Thakurgaon Fire Service, Mafidar Rahman told UNB, “A number of reasons are behind the fire accidents -- low-quality switches used by people at homes, bird nests on electric poles and malfunctioning household electrical appliances."
Besides, narrow lanes affect response time, he added. "Shortage of ponds or water filling points in the vicinity also creates huddles for the firefighters. Also, we have only two water tanks in Thakurgaon fire office with capacities of 1,800 litres and 4,300 litres, respectively."
Adding to the woes is the fact that the department doesn't have adequate manpower, said Mafidar. "We also need to generate public awareness for reducing fire accidents."