Dozens killed, scores injured in late-night Bangladesh container depot fire

A large fire at a container depot close to a port metropolis in southeastern killed at the least 38 individuals and injured greater than 100 others, officers and native media reported Sunday, as firefighters struggled to get the blaze below management.

The fire on the BM Inland Container Depot, a Dutch- three way partnership, broke out round midnight Saturday following explosions in a container filled with chemical compounds. The reason for the fire couldn’t be instantly decided. The depot is positioned close to nation’s essential Chittagong Seaport, 216 kilometers (134 miles) southeast of the capital, Dhaka.

At least 5 firefighters had been among the many lifeless, in line with Brig. Gen. Main Uddin, director basic of the fire service and civil protection. Another 15 firefighters had been being handled for burns, he added.

Multiple rounds of explosions occurred after the preliminary blast because the fire continued to unfold, Uddin stated. Explosives specialists from Bangladesh’s army have been referred to as in to help the firefighters. The explosions shattered the home windows of close by buildings and had been felt so far as 4 kilometers (2 1/2 miles) away, officers and native media experiences stated.

The explosion shook the neighbourhood and shattered glasses of home windows of close by buildings, native residents stated. The dying toll might rise as a few of the injured are in essential situation, stated Chittagong civil surgeon Mohammed Elias Hossain.

He stated all medical doctors in the district had been referred to as in to assist deal with the state of affairs whereas social media was flooded with appeals for emergency blood donations.

Five firefighters additionally died and at the least 50 others, together with 10 policemen, had been injured, he added.

The dying toll reached 38 by Sunday afternoon, in line with Ekattor TV station, and the world’s civil surgeon stated the quantity might nonetheless rise.

Prime Minister expressed her shock on the accident and ordered sufficient association for medical remedy of the injured.

Bangladesh has a historical past of commercial disasters, together with factories catching fire with staff trapped inside. Monitoring teams have blamed corruption and lax enforcement.

Global manufacturers, which make use of tens of hundreds of low-paid staff in Bangladesh, have come below fire to enhance manufacturing facility circumstances in current years. In the nation’s huge garment business, which employs about 4 million individuals, security circumstances have improved considerably after huge reforms, however specialists say accidents might nonetheless happen if different sectors don’t make comparable adjustments.

In 2012, about 117 staff died once they had been trapped behind locked exits in a garment manufacturing facility in Dhaka.

The nation’s worst industrial catastrophe occurred the next yr, when the Rana Plaza garment manufacturing facility outdoors Dhaka collapsed, killing greater than 1,100 individuals.

In 2019, a blaze ripped via a 400-year-old space cramped with flats, outlets and warehouses in the oldest a part of Dhaka and killed at the least 67 individuals. Another fire in Old Dhaka in a home illegally storing chemical compounds killed at the least 123 individuals in 2010.

In 2021, a fire at a meals and beverage manufacturing facility outdoors Dhaka killed at the least 52 individuals, lots of whom had been trapped inside by an illegally locked door.

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