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1 more Keraniganj factory fire victim dies

  • Published at 01:54 pm December 18th, 2019
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File photo: A relative of a victim bursts into tears at Dhaka Medical College Hospital premises on Thursday, December 12, 2019 Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune

Another 12 burn victims, still in critical condition, are  receiving treatment at two hospitals

One more victim of the deadly fire at a Keraniganj plastics factory has succumbed to his injuries, raising the death toll from the incident to 20.

He died at the Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery (SHNIBPS) around 12:40pm on Wednesday.

The deceased, identified as Abu Bakr Siddiq Sohan, 19, had suffered 50% burns on his body, the institute's Chief Coordinator Dr Samanta Lal Sen told Dhaka Tribune.

Sohan hailed from Gopindi village of Melandah upazila in Jamalpur district. He was the youngest of three children of Abdul Jabbar and Aheja Begum.

His older brother, Almas, said Sohan began working at the factory seven days prior to the incident.

The body has been sent to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) morgue for autopsy.

Another 12 victims are still receiving treatment at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) and SHNIBPS. Doctors say the victims are still in critical condition.

The devastating fire — sparked by a gas cylinder explosion — had gutted the Prime Pet and Plastic Industry factory in Keraniganj’s Chunkutia on December 11, killing one worker on the spot and injuring at least 34 others, many with critical burns.

At least 19 other victims died while receiving treatment at both hospitals. 

Upon investigation, Fire Service and Civil Defence found the owner had continued to operate the factory while neglecting fire hazard issues, as there had been other fires at this factory over the last several years.