DHAKA: Not less than 69 individuals have died in an enormous fireplace that tore by means of condominium buildings additionally used as chemical warehouses in an previous a part of the Bangladeshi capital, a fireplace official stated Thursday.
Dozens of individuals have been trapped within the buildings, unable to flee onto slim streets clogged with site visitors, because the highly-combustible shops of chemical compounds, physique sprays, and plastic granules erupted in flames.
Bangladesh’s fireplace service chief Ali Ahmed stated the demise toll was anticipated to rise.
“The variety of our bodies could enhance. The search remains to be occurring,” he instructed AFP.
Ahmed stated the blaze at Chawkbazar within the previous a part of Dhaka might need originated from a fuel cylinder earlier than shortly spreading by means of a constructing the place chemical compounds have been saved.
The flames raced by means of 4 adjoining buildings, which have been additionally used as chemical warehouses.
“There was a site visitors jam when the hearth broke out. It unfold so shortly that folks couldn’t escape,” he stated, describing part of city the place the streets are very slim and the residential buildings stand inches aside.
Witnesses stated members of a bridal get together in a close-by group centre have been additionally caught within the fireplace and plenty of of them have been injured.
Deputy commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police Ibrahim Khan stated not less than two vehicles and 10 cycle rickshaws have been burned within the fireplace.
“The victims included passersby, some individuals who have been consuming meals at a eating places and a few members of the bridal get together,” he stated.
One other fireplace official instructed reporters the blaze, which started round 10.40pm (16:40 GMT) on Wednesday, has been “confined” however not but doused regardless of the efforts of greater than 200 firefighters.
“It should take time. This isn’t like some other fireplace,” he stated, including the inferno turned so devastating as a result of “extremely flamable” chemical compounds saved there.
Tv pictures confirmed firefighters climbing ladders to attempt to spray water on one of many buildings the place the hearth has largely been contained.
A police inspector on the Dhaka Medical Faculty Hospital stated not less than 45 individuals have been injured, together with 4 individuals whose situations have been vital.
Tons of of individuals rushed to the hospital to search for their lacking kin.
Sohag Hossain, one of many injured, instructed the Every day Star that he and two of his mates, have been working at a plastic manufacturing unit in one of many buildings on the time of the hearth.
Immediately, they heard an enormous noise. They tried to flee however couldn’t escape the hearth.
The same fireplace in 2010 in an previous Dhaka constructing, which was additionally used as a chemical warehouse, killed greater than 120 individuals in one of many worst fireplace tragedies in Dhaka.
After that fireside, Dhaka metropolis authorities launched a crackdown on chemical warehouses in residential areas, however lately the drive floor to a complete halt.