Bangladesh: At Least 52 Workers Charred To Death In Another Massive Fire Accident In A Food Processing Factory

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A massive blaze erupted at a Bangladesh factory killing at least 52 people.

The six-storey factory building of Hashem Foods Limited in Rupganj, an industrial town outside Dhaka, first caught fire on Thursday afternoon. While it was brought under control early Friday, the flames erupted once again today on the fifth and sixth floors.

According to police, the bodies were charred beyond recognition and it will be hard to identify the bodies for handover to family members.

The deadly blaze is latest in series of disasters in industrial complexes and flat buildings in the country. In February 2019, at least 70 people died when an inferno ripped through Dhaka flats where chemicals were illegally stored.

A massive blaze erupted at a Bangladesh factory killing at least 52 people, Dhaka Tribune reported.

Fire-fighters have recovered at least 49 bodies from the Shezan juice factory in Narayanganj since Friday (Jul 9) morning. The factory manufactures various juice, soft drinks and food items.

The Daily Star quoted Deputy Director (operations and maintenance) of Fire Service and Civil Defense Debashish Bardhan as saying that the 49 bodies were recovered from the 4th floor of the building.

Bardhan further said the bodies were charred beyond recognition and it will be hard to identify the bodies for handover to family members. DNA sampling may be needed to match the bodies. The recovered bodies were sent to Dhaka Medical College Hospital.

The deadly blaze is latest in series of disasters in industrial complexes and flat buildings in the country. In February 2019, at least 70 people died when an inferno ripped through Dhaka flats where chemicals were illegally stored.

As many as 18 fire-fighting units from Narayanganj and Dhaka are at the scene to douse the flames, which first erupted Thursday afternoon. The fire service said it was difficult to bring the blaze under control due to the plastic and chemical materials stored in that part of the building. A huge amount of flammable polythene, ghee and other objects were stored in the building.

Firefighters said many people attempted to jump off the building in a bid to save themselves from the blaze. Three of them succumbed to their injuries.

The six-storey factory building of Hashem Foods Limited in Rupganj, an industrial town outside Dhaka, first caught fire on Thursday afternoon. While it was brought under control early Friday, the flames erupted once again today on the fifth and sixth floors.

While the police initially reported a toll of three dead , it rose dramatically as firefighters reached the upper floors and started bringing out dozens of bodies of trapped workers.

Survivors and relatives have alleged the front gate, which is the only way to enter and leave the factory premises, had remained locked since the fire broke out. According to them, the factory building had no proper fire safety measures.

Enraged by the delay in rescuing the people trapped inside the building, they have been protesting in front of the factory building and occupying Dhaka-Sylhet Highway since around 10pm on Thursday.

Police dispersed hundreds of people who blocked nearby roads and clashed with officers.

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