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Sitakunda oxygen plant fire: Death toll rises to 6

A total of 18 people have been admitted to Chittagong Medical College Hospital

Update : 05 Mar 2023, 12:25 AM

The death toll from the Sitakunda oxygen plant fire rose to six, with another victim succumbing to their injuries at Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) Saturday night.

Police have so far identified five of the victims. They are Shamshul Alam, 65, Md Farid, 36, and Roton Lakhret, 45, Md Abdul Kadir, Md Salauddin, 33. 

The identity of another male victim has not yet been determined. 

Earlier this afternoon, a massive fire broke out at an oxygen plant following an explosion in Kadam Rasul (Keshabpur) area of Sitakunda upazila.

Officials said that 18 people have been admitted to CMCH.

They are Md Forkan, 33, Md Nur Hossain, 30, Md Motaleb, 52, Md Arafat, 22, Maksudul Alam, 60, Md Osman, 45, Md Solaiman, 40, Md Ripon, 40, Md Azad, 22, Ripon Marak, 60, Probesh, 40, Narayan Dhar, 64, Md Jasim, 50, Fency, 26, Md Zahed, 30, Mujibul Haque, 45, Rozy Begum, 20, and Nasim Shahriar, 26. 

The explosion at Seema Oxygen Plant took place at around 4:30pm. Nine units from the fire service managed to douse the flames at 5:40pm. 

Sultan Mahmud, the senior station officer of Kumira Fire Service Station, said they still have not figured out what caused the fire.

The blast had rattled neighbouring areas and engulfed them in thick black smoke. Locals said that the massive explosion shook the surrounding area by at least two square kilometers.

One of the victims was killed when a piece of metal fell on him about a kilometre away from the plant. He was reportedly sitting at a shop in Kadam Rasul Bazar.

The deceased was identified as Shamshul Alam, 65.

Alam's brother, Mowlana Obaidul Mostafa, told Dhaka Tribune that a metal object, weighing around 250-300kg fell on top of him. He died instantly on the spot. 

A worker from the nearby ready-made garments (RMG) factory “Infinia” said she heard the explosion and witnessed the sound shattering the windows of their factory. 

She reported that the broken glass fell on her and caused her injury while she was working. 

Redwanul Haque, a resident of Madambibir Hat, reported that he observed thick black smoke rising from the Kadmarsul area after the explosion and went to the factory by following it.

He said he saw around 12 of the factory workers being rescued from the scene.

The authorities have formed a seven-member probe body to investigate the deadly explosion. The additional district magistrate has been made the head of the probe body, which has been asked to submit its inquiry report within seven days.

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