Bangladesh: Nine killed, 50 injured in the fire in garment factory

9th Oct 2013

[Red Crescent volunteers bring out the body of a fire victim from inside a garment factory early Wednesday. A devastating blaze swept through the factory in Sreepur upazila of Gazipur Tuesday evening killing at least nine people. Photo: Palash Khan]


Star on Line: A seven-member body has been formed to investigate into the incident of fire that swept through a garment factory, killing nine people in Sreepur upazila of Gazipur Tuesday evening.

Fifty people were also injured in the fire that originated around 6:00pm in the dyeing section of two-storey Aswad Composite Mills at Maona owned by Palmal Group.

The probe body, which was formed around 1:00am Wednesday, was asked to submit its report within seven days, said Shahnewaz Dilruba Khan, assistant deputy commissioner (General) of Gazipur.

She is leading the seven members probe body.

The cause of the devastating blaze is yet to be confirmed, firefighter officials said Wednesday. Meanwhile, the district administration handed over the body of assistant general manager Rashiduzzaman Mandal to the authorities of the Association of Textile Engineering, a platform of textile engineers.

Mandal was an executive member of the association, reports our correspondent in Gazipur.

The body of technician Khalil was also handed over to his family, Shahnewaz said. The charred bodies of five victims which go beyond recognition have been kept at the Sreepur Upazila Health Complex.

If relatives of the victims’ fail to identify, the bodies would be sent to Dhaka Medical College Hospital for DNA test, the ADC said.

“It has been suspected that the bodies of two persons, who remain missing after the fire incident, were gutted to ashes,” said Ruhul Ameen, quality supervisor of knitting section of the factory. Ameen also sustained burn injuries during the fire.

The authority is yet to determine about the rest two victims, Aziz Haider Bhuiyan, Sreepur upazila nirbahi officer (UNO), told The Daily Star Wednesday morning.

Ten platoons of law enforcers including Rapid Action Battalion and Ansar have been deployed in the morning in Bariderchala area to maintain law and order. Factory Director Emdad Hossain said 170 workers were on duty on the two floors when the fire broke out.

Originating at the dyeing section the flame spread to nearby chemical store on the first floor and in no time it engulfed the two floors. Around 15 minutes later, a boiler on the ground floor exploded, further feeding the flames, Liton, a worker, said.

The fire occurred at a time when the country is still reeling from the deadly Rana Plaza building collapse on April 24 at Savar, where 1,132 garment workers were killed and the Tazreen Fashions fire at Ashulia that left 112 workers killed on November 24 last year.

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