On Saturday, a fire had erupted when a boiler exploded in the four-storied garment packaging factory at the BSCIC industrial zone in Gazipur’s Tongi, just outside the bangladesh capital Dhaka, that killed at least 12 people and 20 others sustained burn injuries.
The fire broke out at Tempako Foils Packaging Factory around 6:15 AM in Bisic industrial area of Tongi just when the work was about to begin.
Injured were taken to the Dhaka Medical College Hospital. Many are in critical condition among the injures. Tongi hospital’s Resident Doctor Mr. Md Parvez Mia said that at first, two mutilated and burnt bodies were brought to the hospital from the factory. Then later, other dead people were brought in. The death toll may increase.
Twenty units of firefighters were struggling to control the blaze.
Ready-made garments are the backbone of the Bangladeshi economy, and during the fiscal year that ended in June, earned $28 billion in exports.
Weak fire protection system is common in factories around Bangladesh. In a 2013 building collapse killed more than 1100 workers, ranking the worst industrial disaster of the country.
Boiler blast in Tongi