Main blaze brought under control after 29 hours of effort on Friday night
Smoke continued to billow out from the sixth floor of the Hashem Foods Limited factory in Rupganj, Narayaganj as firefighters worked to put out small fires that reignited from embers in the debris on Saturday.
The firefighters worked through the ground, fifth and sixth floors of the factory from 9:30am to ensure that there were no more embers in the debris to relight the Md Abul Hashemfires.
Dinomoni Sharma, deputy director of the Fire Service in Dhaka Division, told Dhaka Tribune the fire appeared to be fully doused and firefighting operations were set to end around 5pm.
“Smoke is coming out of the building from time to time because some small fires had started from the embers in the debris,” he added.
Fire Service Deputy Director (Operation and Maintenance) Debashish Bardhan also said the smoke was just the result of small fires starting up from embers.
Eight people, including the Sajeeb Group Chairman Md Abul Hashem and four of his sons, have been arrested over Thursday’s fire that has killed 52 people so far.
Most of the victims were women and children, who worked in the factory.
The fire was finally brought under control fully on Friday night after 29 hours of frantic efforts.
Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal on Saturday said: ““All responsible persons will be brought to book. The probe report will be submitted very soon and action will be taken quickly as well.”
Apart from the Home Ministry probe team, several other agencies and the local administration have also started investigations into the incident.
According to the Fire Service, a huge amount of plastic and packaging materials in the building accelerated and fuelled the flames, leading it to engulf a large portion of the factory in minutes.
They also said a blocked door at the factory staircase caused many deaths that could have been avoided.