Fire in Jatrabari, Dhaka

Fire strikes in Dhaka once again yesterday in Dhaka city. Seven workers of a chemical factory were incinerated while four others, including three women, severely wounded as a fire broke out at the factory in the capital’s Dakkhin (South) Jatrabari yesterday.

Injured Sheuli, 21, Rimu Begum, 26, Aminur Begum, 25, and Md Bishu Miah, 20, were rushed to the Burn and Plastic Surgery Unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital in a critical condition. Doctors said the women suffered 60 to 90 percent body burns while Bishnu 38 percent. The injured women are kept in the Intensive Care Unit.

Bishu Miah told The Daily Star that the fire originated from a heating machine used for packaging. At the moment of the accident there were 11 workers in that section of the factory. Kohinur and injured Rimu were operating the machine, he added.

Sabina Nilufar, who lives opposite to the factory, Lily Chemical Company, said a wall of the factory collapsed with a bang around 4:40pm. She heard horrible screams from the factory and saw the inferno gulping the factory.

She said following the explosion a terrible wave of heat melted the windowpanes of her first floor flat, which is just opposite to the factory building. Scared, she moved her family members and some valuables in no time, added Nilufar.

Locals said huge smoke and heat engulfed the area causing their eyes to burn.

Abdur Rashid, deputy director (DD) of Fire Brigade, told The Daily Star that the bodies found inside the factory burned beyond recognition. Charred body parts were found here and there on the floor.

The DD said six fire-fighter units rushed to the spot and doused the blaze in an hour.

Meanwhile, relatives of the workers thronged Sir Salimullah Medical College morgue around 8:00pm. According to them, Shahinur, 30, Kohinur, 32, Sumi, 13, Shokhi, 17, Aleya, 25, Aklima, 22, were among the deceased.

The factory was housed in a tin-shed building where four enormous boilers were set for mixing chemicals. A huge number of chemical containers and sacks of phenolic resin were stockpiled in there. However, the stocked items did not catch fire.

Sources said the factory used to produce LG Super Natural Rubber Solution and LG Synthetic Rubber Adhesive.

Source: TDS

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