At around 18:00 on July 8, local time, a fruit juice factory under the Sojib Group in the Narayanganj district of Bangladesh caught fire.
According to reports from Bangladesh’s “Dhaka Tribune”, at about 22:00 local time on July 9th, after about 29 hours of emergency rescue, firefighters successfully extinguished the fire in the juice factory building.
Local fire department chief Sajad Hussein said: “Each layer of the building contains flammable materials. This is why the fire spread quickly from the first floor to the entire building. Firefighters were on the fourth floor of the building. 49 corpses were found on the building, where the escape workers were most trapped. If the fourth floor and the gate are not locked, workers may have more chances of escape when a fire breaks out.”
Fire department officials said that the plant basically did not have appropriate fire safety measures. This 3250 square meter building originally had 4 to 5 emergency exit stairs, but now there are only two.
The survivors and relatives of the victims said that when the fire broke out, the only way in and out of the factory, the front door, was locked. When most workers went to escape on the fourth floor, the door to that floor was also completely locked.
Local media reported that a considerable number of children are employed by this factory. 24 hours after the fire broke out, many workers, including child laborers, are still missing. (Headquarters reporter Wang Jianbing)
A fire in a juice factory in Bangladesh killed 52 people and at least 50 injured
At around 18:00 on July 8, local time, a fruit juice factory under the Sojib Group in the Narayanganj district of Bangladesh caught fire. As of press time, the fire has killed 52 people and injured at least 50 people.
△Image source: “Dawn Daily”, Bangladesh
According to eyewitnesses, the juice factory has about 7,000 workers. At around 18:00 on July 8, the carton on the first floor caught fire and caused the entire building to catch fire.
After the fire broke out, many people jumped off the roof in order to escape, causing serious injuries and hospitalization. Two of them died on the spot. Another person died after being sent to the hospital.
18 firefighting units went to extinguish the fire. The rescue lasted for 19 hours. The fire was still not under complete control. As of about 14:00 local time on July 9th, firefighters found the remains of 49 victims from the fire scene.
The families of the trapped workers smashed the factory facilities out of anger, and 8 motorcycles and 15 to 20 cars were damaged. To control the situation, the police used tear gas.
In order to investigate the cause of the fire accident, a 5-person investigation committee was established in the Narayanganj district and asked to submit an investigation report on the cause of the fire within 7 working days. (Headquarters reporter Wang Jianbing and Yu Guangyue)Return to Sohu to see more
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