50 killed in N’ganj fire
Workers ‘locked inside’, burned in overnight Sejan factory fire
Published: 03:36 PM, 9 July 2021 Updated: 03:37 PM, 9 July 2021
Relatives of the workers died in the fire shocked, lamented after hearing the deaths of their loved ones; Photo: Daily Bangladesh
At least 50 workers were killed in the massive blaze that broke out at the Sejan juice factory of Hashem Food Beverage Limited at Karnagop area in Rupganj of Narayanganj, said fire service.
Till the writing of the report, the blaze – broke out at 5:30 pm on Thursday – still could not bring under control on Friday afternoon. 18 units of fire service are working hard to bring the fire under control.
Abdullah Al Arefin, Narayanganj district deputy director of Fire Service and Civil Defense confirmed the matter to Daily Bangladesh on Friday afternoon.
Meanwhile, the whole picture has changed in front of the factory with the death of 50 workers and the mourning of the relatives of the missing. The smell of burnt corpses can be found in the air of Rupganj.
Many workers are “still trapped” inside the building, said workers and relatives of the missing, however, fire service officials already announced the deaths of all trapped inside the factory.
Shah-Alam, in-charge of Kanchan Fire Service, said the fire was under control at midnight but it started spreading again on the 4th floor of the factory around 6 am. “Nothing can be said until the fire is brought under control. 18 units of fire service are still working,” he added.
Relatives and eyewitnesses of the missing workers complain none of the workers, approximately 60-70 workers, on the 4th floor of the six-storey building could get out as the security in-charge “locked the gates” and “could not contact anyone” since Thursday evening, relatives of the missing also said.
Meanwhile, fire service personnel removed the bodies one by one from inside the factory on Friday afternoon. Rescue work is still underway. Most of the victims were children. A five-member investigation committee has been formed in the incident.
Debashish Barman, deputy director (operations maintain) of the fire service, said 50 bodies had been recovered from the factory so far. The bodies have been sent to the forensic department of Dhaka Medical College Hospital. There, the body will be handed over to relatives through DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) tests.
Earlier on Thursday afternoon, a fire broke out at Sejan Food Factory in the Karnagop area of the upazila. Upon receiving news, 17 fire service units including Demra, Kanchan fire service, reached the spot and tried to douse the fire.
About 7,000 workers worked at the Sejan juice factory at the time of the fire. Many workers jumped from the roof and tried to survive, but were admitted to the hospital with serious injuries.
The fire originated from a carton on the ground floor of the 7-storey building. Within moments, the fire spread throughout the building.