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Five of a family injured in septic tank fire

Update : 01 Dec 2015, 07:49 PM

Five members of the same family were injured when fire broke out in a septic tank of a residential house in the capital’s Dakkhinkhan area yesterday morning.

The victims were identified as Rumana Akhtar, 30, her daughter Monika Akhtar, 8, Rumana’s brother Imran Hossain, 28, his wife Jannatul, 20, and their daughter Tasmia, 2.

Dakkhinkhan police station OC Lutfur Rahman confirmed the matter to the Dhaka Tribune.

Rumana’s husband Mantu Miah said his family and his wife’s brother’s family lived together in a one-storey building in Dakkhinkhan’s Fayedabad intersection area.

“I was not at home when it happened; I left for work at dawn. The explosion happened around 5:30am and our home caught fire,” he told the Dhaka Tribune.

Seeing the fire, locals rushed to the house to rescue the people inside the house.

On information, two units of fire fighters went to the scene, but locals doused the fire before the fire fighters reached there, said OC Lutfur. The locals also took the five burn victims to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH), said Mantu.

Of the victims, Rumana is in the worst condition, with 60% burn injuries, while Monika sustained 20%, Imran 10%, Tasmia 10% and Jannatul 8% burn injuries, said Assistant Sub-Inspector Sentu Chandra Das at DMCH police outpost.

Asked as to what caused the explosion in the septic tank, police said nothing definite could be said yet, but a build-up of septic gas in the tank may have caused the explosion and fire.

Sources at the fire service echoed police when asked the same question.

“We cannot tell what exactly caused the explosion, but a build-up of sewer gas is a likely reason,” said, the duty officer at the Fire Service and Civil Defence Headquarters.

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