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Keraniganj factory fire: Death toll rises to 14

  • Published at 11:30 am December 14th, 2019
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File photo: Body of a victim of the fire at a plastic factory in Dhaka’s Keraniganj area, coverd by blanket, at Dhaka Medical College Hospital morgue on Thursday, December 12, 2019 Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

Around 17 burn victims are still receiving treatment at two hospitals

The death toll from the Keraniganj plastic factory fire has climbed to 14, as another victim succumbed to burn injuries at the Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery.

The victim died around 7:45pm on Saturday, resident medical officer Dr Partho Sarkar Pal told Dhaka Tribune.

The deceased - Asad, 16, - was among the 10 victims who were in life support at the institute.

Around 17 burn victims are still receiving treatment at both Dhaka Medical College Hospital and Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery.

The previous 13 deceased were identified as Mahbub Hossain, 26, Salauddin, 32, Bablu, 26, Abdul Khalek, 35, Rayhan Biswas, 16, Imran, 18, Jinarul, 32, Md Alam, 35, Sujon, 19, Jahangir Matubbar, 55, Faisal, 29, Faruk, 32, and Mehedi, 20.

The deadly fire — sparked by a gas cylinder explosion — broke out at Prime Plate and Plastic Industries Ltd factory in Chalkutia of Keraniganj around 4:30pm on December 11, killing worker Mahbub on the spot and injuring at least 34 others.

Around 10 fire fighting units struggled for almost two hours to extinguish the fire that very day. 

After primary investigation, the Fire Service and Civil Defence found the factory owner was negligent in addressing the fire hazard issues.

After visiting the other victims at the hospital, Health Minister Zahid Maleque told reporters that the fatal incident took place due to the owner’s negligence. 

“The owner will have to pay compensation, and the government will ensure that,” he said.