52 KILLED IN BANGLADESH FACTORY INFERNO, PAKISTAN CONDOLES DEATHS
ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office of Pakistan on Friday condoled the death of at least 52 people in a massive blaze in a Bangladesh factory.
“Deeply saddened by the loss of precious lives due to a factory fire in Bangladesh. Heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims, the government and the brotherly people of Bangladesh,” spokesperson Zahid Hafiz Chaudhri tweeted, praying for quick recovery of those injured.
According to Reuters, at least 52 people were killed, 20 injured and many more feared trapped after a massive fire raged through a juice-making factory in Bangladesh, officials said on Friday, the latest industrial fire accident in the country.
The fire started on Thursday evening at the ground floor of a six-storey factory building in the Narayanganj district, 20 km (12 miles) southeast of the capital Dhaka, run by the private firm Hashem Food and Beverage, which is a unit of Bangladesh’s multinational Sajeeb Group. The factory makes mango fruit drinks under the Shezan brand.
“Three people died from jumping off the building to escape the fire and 49 charred bodies have been recovered so far,” Mustain Billah, the administrator for the Narayanganj district, told Reuters by phone from the scene.
“It is still burning on the top floor. Firefighters are struggling to control it, as chemicals and flammable materials were stored inside the building.” He said that the cause of the fire is not yet known.
“Plastics and flammable substances and chemicals all made it hard to douse the fire,” said Abdullah Al Arefin, a district fire service official, adding the severe heat from the fire caused cracks in the building.
Al Arefin said each floor in the building is about 35,000 square feet (3,250 square meters) but they were only accessible by two stairways and that many workers could not get out as the fire spread to the stairs.
One of the doors leading from the stairs to the roof were locked, he said.
“We rescued 25 people after setting a ladder to the rooftop. We could have saved more if others could reach the rooftop,” said Debashish Bardhan,
deputy director of the national fire service.