25 dead and dozens injured in Bangladesh
AT least 25 people have been killed and 70 injured, many critically, in a huge fire triggered by a boiler explosion at a Bangladeshi packaging factory, officials said.
Around 100 people were working on September 10 when flames tore through the four-storey building in the industrial town of Tongi, just north of the capital Dhaka.
Parvez Mia, a doctor at the Tongi government hospital, said the death toll was at 25, up from 22 previously reported, and said at least 70 people were injured
The fire started in the boiler room at the Tampaco Foils Limited factory, which supplies foreign and domestic brands.
“I was working inside the office room when I heard an explosion and felt a tremor. Then suddenly the ceiling started to fall on me,” factory electrician Mohammad Rokon, 35, said from his hospital bed.
“I almost became unconscious. But I forced myself out with the help of my mobile phone’s flashlight.”
Machine operator Rubel Hossain was two minutes away from entering the factory when the blast occurred.
“I heard a huge explosion and saw smoke and fire coming out of the factory,” he said.
“I am simultaneously feeling lucky and heartbroken,” he said, tears streaming down his face as he helped rush the many injured to hospital, blood staining his T-shirt.
The tragedy struck as families were
Bangladeshi firefighters extinguish a fire that broke out after an explosion in a factory in the key Bangladeshi garment manuf the capital Dhaka, on September 10.