Engine blast behind MV Abhijan-10 launch fire: Fire Service...

Engine blast behind MV Abhijan-10 launch fire: Fire Service

 Jhalokathi Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 08:02 PM, 24 December 2021   Updated: 08:18 PM, 24 December 2021

Engine blast behind MV Abhijan-10 launch fire: Fire Service; File Photo

Engine blast behind MV Abhijan-10 launch fire: Fire Service; File Photo

At least 39 people have been killed in a fire that broke out on a launch named MV Abhijan-10 on the Sugandha river in Jhalokati. More than 150 people were injured and burnt. The death toll could rise further.

The fire service and the Coast Guard initially thought that the fire started from the engine explosion. The deputy commissioner of Jhalokati is also saying the same thing. However, it is not yet clear what caused the engine to explode. Meanwhile, one of the staff of the launch remained missing since the incident.

Several passengers and their relatives at Barishal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital said the fire started from the engine room. When the fire came out from there and went up, it took on a terrible shape. At that time there was a lot of smoke with the fire and nothing could be seen. It was as if we were all dying. Thinking this, many jumped into the river.

They also said that there was a food hotel beside the engine room. There were big gas cylinders. The tea shop also had gas cylinders. When it explodes in the heat of the fire, the fire spreads quickly. Those of us who survive are by the grace of God. The passengers on the ground floor deck have suffered the most in this incident.

Deputy Director of Barishal Fire Service Kamal Hossain Bhuiyan said that the fire five units of servicemen brought the fire under control. The bodies were recovered from the launch and sent to Jhalokati Hospital. 

Lt. Colonel Ahmed Anabil, station officer of the Barishal region of the Coast Guard, also said that the fire started when the launch engine exploded. We also have a question as to why the engine exploded. We must have to give time to get the answer to this question.

Incidentally, a fire broke out in the engine room of Barguna bound MV Abhijan-10 launch in Deuri area of ​​Ponabalia union of Sugandha river in Nalchiti upazila of Jhalokati at 3 am on Thursday. So far 39 deaths have been reported in the incident. Besides, 70 people are undergoing treatment at Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital while 16 people have been sent to Dhaka.