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4 July, 2017 12:37:18 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 4 July, 2017 12:43:29 PM
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9 killed in Gazipur RMG unit boiler blast

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9 killed in Gazipur RMG unit boiler blast

At least nine people were killed and 50 others injured in a boiler blast at readymade garments factory Multi Fabs Limited in Nayapara area of Gazipur city yesterday evening.

Among the deceased, three were identified as Al Amin, Biplob and Salman Shah. About 50 others injured in the blast, factory workers and people on a nearby road, were sent to local clinics, hospitals and burn unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital.

Witnesses and factory workers said the incident took place at around 7.30pm. Immediate after the incident, locals rushed to the spot and   rescued the injured and sent them to clinics and hospitals.  

Deputy Assistant Director of Gazipur Fire Service and Civil Defence Akteruzzaman Liton said “We recovered seven bodies from inside the factory and sent to Gazipur Shahid Taz Uddin Ahmed Medical College Hospital morge. One other person died at the hospital. But the actual number of casualties cannot be confirmed immediately.”

While the cause of the explosion is yet to be known, sources said the RMG factory boiler was undergoing maintenance work when the blast occurred.

Sources said the dyeing section of the factory was running on Monday while the production of other sections was closed due to Eid vacation. The boiler located on the ground floor of the factory exploded with a loud bang at around 7.30 pm, causing fire on the first floor of the factory building. About 30 to 35 employees of the factory were working during the incident. Walls of the ground floor and first floor, doors and windows and machinery were damaged and found scattered across the compound. A portion of the four-storey factory building was also damaged in the incident. The explosion also rocked the adjacent factory buildings and shattered window panes. Immediately after the incident, the authorities concerned disconnected the electricity and gas connections to the area.

On information, fire fighters from Joydebpur Fire Station rushed to the spot and started rescue operation at around 8.00 pm. Later, fire fighting units and rescue team from Dhaka, Savar EPZ, Kaliakoir and Tongi fire station joined the operation. Law enforcers cordoned off the area.

The resident medical officer (RMO) of Gazipur Shahid Taz Uddin Ahmed Medical College Hospital Dr. Pronoy Bhushon Dash said five bodies were brought to the hospital

yesterday evening. Among the bodies, two were identified as Al Amin, 25, hailing from Magura and Biplob, 30.

Sub-inspector of Dhaka Medical College Hospital’s police outpost Bacchu Mia said two victims of boiler blast were brought to the burn unit. Among them, one of employee identified as Salman Shah, 30, died at around 9.30 pm. Another employee Kamrul Islam , 30, was receiving treatment there.

After the incident, Deputy Commissioner of Gazipur Dr. Dewan Mohammed Humayun Kabir, Additional District Magistrate Mohammed Rahenul Islam and Additional Superintendent of Gazipur police Shakhawat Hossain visited the spot.

The Gazipur DC said that a six-member committee led by Additional District Magistrate Mohammed Rahenul Islam has been formed to probe the incident. Members of police, fire service and industrial police were included in the committee. The probe body has been asked to submit the report within seven working days, he added.

 

 

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