A fire broke out at a readymade garment factory at Jamgora area of Savar in Dhaka on Saturday night.
At least eight workers were injured while they tried to escape the scene. Police have detained a man on suspicion of setting the fire.
The injured were rescued and were being treated at a local hospital. Police said they were not in a critical state.
Confirming the matter, Savar Fire Station’s fireman Md Nurul Azam said: “The fire originated at Medlar Apparels Limited of Jamgora area in Savar, adjacent to amusement park Fantasy Kingdom, around 9:15pm.”
“On information, eleven firefighting units from Savar, Dhamrai, Gazipur and Dhaka rushed to the spot to douse the blaze,” he said, adding, the firefighters managed to extinguish the flame around 11:30pm.
But, as of 1am, there were still reports of smoke coming out of the factory. The reason behind the fire could not be ascertained as well.
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When contacted, Tareque Hasan, manager (admin) of the factory, said: “The fire broke out on the second floor of the factory, which was closed at that time.”
“Only five to ten people were working at the washing unit when the fire broke out,” he claimed.
According to police, the detainee – Helal – is a madrasa student.
Police said Helal, upon his detention, identified himself as a worker of the factory, but failed to show any identity, when sought.
Additional Superintendent of Police Khorshed Alam said: “The security guards of the factory caught Helal as an outsider first soon after the fire broke out, and then they handed over him to us. Primarily, he admitted that he came to the area three days ago from his home district Jhalakathi.” ”
“A matchbox was found in his pocket though he claimed to be a non-smoker. So, we suspect he is linked to the incident,” he said.
Helal was later kept in the custody of Ashulia police station.