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Science Lab explosion: 3 victims in critical condition

Some of them have inhalation burns, and some of them have 20-40% surface-level burn injuries, says Dr Samanta Lal

Update : 05 Mar 2023, 10:13 PM

Three of the five victims who are hospitalized with burn injuries –  in the explosion that took place on the third floor of a building named "Shirin Mansion" in Dhaka's Science Lab area – are in a critical condition.

Dr Samanta Lal Sen of Sheikh Hasina National Burn and Plastic Surgery Institute confirmed the information to the Dhaka Tribune.

He said: “Three victims are in critical condition. They are now under observation. Some of them have inhalation burns, and some of them have 20-40% surface-level burn injuries,” he added.

Sheikh Hasina Bern and Plastic Surgery Institute sources said that a total of five people are undergoing treatment till 5:30pm. 

The injured are Syed Akbar Ali, 52, assistant managing director of Phoenix Insurance Company, Hafizur Rahman, 32, assistant manager of the same company, Zahur Ali, 56, office peon, Ashrafuzaman, 36, executive officer of the company, and Aisha Akhter Asha, 25, office worker. 

Another man named Nurun Nabi was released after primary treatment.

Jamirul Islam, managing director of Phoenix Insurance Company, told Dhaka Tribune that five people of their company were undergoing treatment. “Doctors said that they can not tell anything for the next 48 hours.”

Meanwhile, the deceased have been identified as Shafikuzzaman, Abdul Mannan, and Tushar. 

They died while undergoing treatment at Popular Hospital in Dhanmondi. 

Locals said the three-storey building has several fabric shops on the ground and second floors.  Also next to it are high-rise residential buildings and the Priyangan Shopping Center. 

Witnesses said there was a loud explosion at the time of the incident, which quickly filled the surrounding areas with a gas odor and smoke. 

Following the explosion, bricks, and glasses from the building's wall fell onto the road, causing injuries to pedestrians and one CNG driver.

Fire Service and Civil Defense spokesperson said that four units of fire service brought the fire under control at around 11:13am.

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