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3 of a family burnt in gas pipeline blast

Update : 13 Nov 2015, 07:50 AM

Three members of a family sustained burn injuries in a fire that broke out when a gas pipeline exploded at a flat in the capital’s Wari area yesterday.

The victims are Alamgir Hossain, 55, his wife Hosne Ara Begum, 40, and their daughter Sharmin Akter, 21, who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business administration at Daffodil University.

The house is located at Dudunath Basak lane on Tipu Sultan Road in Wari and the family lives on the second floor of the building.

The victims were taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital after the accident. 

Mozammel Haque, in-charge of the hospital’s police outpost, said the blast occurred shortly after Thursday midnight.

He said Alamgir’s condition was critical as around 95% of his body was burnt.

“On the other hand, Hosne Ara suffered 45% burn while Sharmin sustained 30% burn in the accident,” Mozammel said. 

Inspector Mahmudul Haque, duty officer at Fire Service and Civil Defence headquarters, said four firefighting units were sent to the scene after locals called the fire service office.

“Locals had already brought the fire under control by the time the firefighters reached the place,” he said.

The fire official also said the blast in the gas pipeline was caused by a leak. 

Abdus Sattar, Hosne Ara’s brother, said the blast at the kitchen panicked the three family members in the flat and they could not avoid sustaining burn injuries.

He said the explosion also damaged a wall beside the kitchen, resulting in three others, who live in an adjacent tin-roofed house, receiving burn injuries. 

The three are Akter, 40, Janu Miah, 30 and Sumon, 23.

Sattar said the three victims were given first aid at a nearby hospital.

Also early yesterday, there was a fire at the canteen of the Secretariat which damaged a refrigerator.

Inspector Mahmudul said none was injured in the fire.  

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