Fact Check: Old Image From California Fire Falsely Linked To Bangladesh With Communal Spin

On April 12, 2022, a 25-year-old man’s house was vandalized in Morelganj in Bagerhat of Bangladesh for allegedly posting offensive posts about Islam on Facebook.

In the above context, an image of a house on fire is being widely shared on social media with a claim this was the young man’s house which was burnt down in Bangladesh.

The image is being shared with a caption that reads, “ফেসবুকে ইসলাম অবমাননার অজুহাতে পূর্ব পাকিস্তান-এর বাগেরহাটের মোড়লগঞ্জ উপজেলার আমুরবুনিয়া গ্রামের বাঙ্গালীদের বাড়ীতে আগুন দিল মরু সংস্কৃতির ধারক ও বাহকরা।” (English translation: “Alleging defamation of Islam on Facebook, the followers of desert culture have set on fire the houses of Bengalis of the village Amurbunia of Morolganj subdistrict of Bagerhat of East Pakistan.”)

The link to the post can be seen here.


NewsMobile did a fact-check and found the claim to be misleading.

On doing a Google Reverse Image search with one of the images, we found that the same image was published by a website, Weather.com on September 25, 2021, with a caption: “Flames consume a house near Old Oregon Trail as the Fawn Fire burns about 10 miles north of Redding in Shasta County, Calif., on Thursday, Sep. 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Ethan Swope)”

We found the same image was also uploaded by the New York Post on September 27, 2021, with a caption that read, “Flames consume a house near Old Oregon Trail on September 23, 2021.”

Hence, an old image from the California fire is being shared with a misleading claim.

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