Death toll in Ctg depot fire rises to 49...

Death toll in Ctg depot fire rises to 49

 Sports Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 06:51 PM, 5 June 2022   Updated: 09:31 PM, 5 June 2022

Death toll in Ctg depot fire rises to 49

Death toll in Ctg depot fire rises to 49

The death toll in the devastating fire that caused explosions at BM Container Depot in Shitolpur area at Sitakunda Upazila of Chattogram has gone up to 49. More than 400 were injured in the incident who are given treatment at different hospitals.

Chattogram District Civil Surgeon Mohammad Ilyas Chowdhury said the condition of many injured is serious. The death toll is expected to rise further.

Seven of the deceased were members of fire services. They were killed while trying to extinguish the flame.

Meanwhile, more than 100 people have been admitted to the burn unit of Chattogram Medical College (CMC) Hospital since Sunday morning. Some of them were injured on the head and some of their hands were burnt. The burn unit of the hospital has become heavy due to their screams and the cries of their relatives.

The blaze was not brought under control yet. The fire service and civil defense personnel were unable to make headway despite multiple attempts were in place since this morning due to fire that is being sometimes fuelled by Hydrogen peroxide. 

According to the latest news, 25 units of fire service are working to control the fire.

Meanwhile, divisional commissioner of Chattogram Asharf Uddin told media that the families of the deceased persons are being given Tk 50,000 by the DC office while Tk 20,000 to the families of the injured people.

A team of army personnel reached the depot to help bring the fire under control, he said.

The fire originated at the depot at about 9:35 am on Saturday (June 4). Police and fire service personnel are trying to douse the flames and rescuing people and sending them to hospitals.

BM Container Depot Ltd is a Netherlands-Bangladesh joint venture, according to the police and officials of the depot.

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