Dhaka (The Times Groupe)- A devastating fire in Chattogram, a port city in southern Bangladesh, has killed at least 34 people and injured more than 300 others, an official said on Sunday. The port city of Chattogram has continued to burn for more than 12 hours.
We have recorded 34 deaths and more than 300 injuries so far. Among them, some are in very critical condition. We have already transferred two to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and some others to Dhaka for better treatment,” Brigadier General Md. Shamim Ahsan, director of Chattogram Medical College Hospital, told The Times Groupe.
On Sunday morning, new wounded were admitted to the hospital.
Seven firefighters who rushed to the scene and participated in the rescue operations are believed to have died.
During the rescue operations, dozens of firefighters and police officers were injured.
Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha and other local media reported 33 deaths and 400 injuries.
A total of 25 firefighter and civil defense units have been working to douse the blaze since Saturday night, according to the latest update from the scene.
The fire erupted at around 11.00 p.m. local time (1700GMT) in the city’s Sitakunda area.
Witnesses and rescue workers report that the flames started in a container and quickly spread to others in the depot, which has more than 1,000 containers.
Officials from the city, including the mayor, have visited the site and vowed to find out what caused the fire.
In the South Asian nation’s main export sector of readymade garments, however, the deadly fire caused huge economic losses due to the destruction of a number of containers laden with chemicals and other materials.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has condoled over the tragic incident and assured compensation to the families of the deceased. She urged all concerned authorities to provide due treatment to the injured at the earliest opportunity.