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Minute-by-minute: 26 injured in fire at Ashulia gas lighter factory

  • Published at 04:48 pm November 22nd, 2016
  • Last updated at 11:42 pm November 22nd, 2016
Minute-by-minute: 26 injured in fire at Ashulia gas lighter factory
11:33pm- 20 workers have been admitted to the Plastic Surgery and Burn unit. Seven have been sent to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for their burns, confirmed Dr Lutfor Kader, head of the Plastic Surgery and Burn unit. 10:42pm- Despite earlier reports, our correspondents at the DMCH have confirmed that most of the workers are indeed underage. According to the testimony of one, there were 17 workers in one of the rooms during the blast, and seven more in an adjacent room. 10:38pm- Around 20 workers have been admitted to DMCH, most of them between the ages of 14-16. They have all sustained severe burn injuries. Seven are reported to have been critically burnt. 8:40pm-  A 14-year-old-worker Monir told our correspondent at the spot that he heard a blast from a room where recycled gas lighters were processed to make new gas lighter. [caption id="attachment_35629" align="aligncenter" width="800"]A injured worker of the Ashulia gas lighter factory is being carried away by colleagues Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune A injured worker of the Ashulia gas lighter factory is being carried away by colleagues Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune[/caption] 7:50pm- Our DMCH correspondent reports that 13 injured female workers admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital for treatment. The are identified as- Shimu, Abida, Mahmuda, Mukti, Akhi, Khadiza, Halima, Nihara, Rita, Nazma, Fatema and Jolly, all aged between 20 to 35. When contacted, the duty doctors of the hospital told the Dhaka Tribune correspondent that the some of them are in critical condition. [caption id="attachment_35619" align="aligncenter" width="800"]The Dhaka Tribune obtained a partial list of the injured in Savar gas lighter fire, whisked to Savar Nari o Shishu Sasthya Kendra (Savar Women and Children Health Centre) on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 Dhaka Tribune The Dhaka Tribune obtained a partial list of the injured in Savar gas lighter fire, whisked to Savar Nari o Shishu Sasthya Kendra (Savar Women and Children Health Centre) on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 Dhaka Tribune[/caption] 7:07pm- Savar MP Dr Enamur Rahman told reporters that the government will bear medical expenses for the injured. He also said a three-member body has been formed to investigate the incident and determine the compensation for the injured. [youtube id="riY1mb--y_U"] 6:45pm- Among the injured, 21 were transferred to Dhaka Medical College Hospital's (DMCH) Burn Unit section while the the rest five are being treated at Savar's Enam Medical College and Hospital.  6:09pm- The injured are rushed to different hospitals in Savar area, reports our Savar correspondent. [caption id="attachment_35602" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Firefighters are trying to douse a fire at a gas lighter factory at Ashulia's Jirabo area on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune Firefighters are trying to douse a fire at a gas lighter factory at Ashulia's Jirabo area on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune[/caption] 5:50pm- Our Savar correspondent Nadim Hossain reports that at least 26 workers of the factory sustained burn injuries. Of them, five female workers' conditions are critical. They are- Sonia, Afroza, Hafiza, Simu, and Halima.        5:15pm- An eyewitness Dewan Mohammad Masud, also owner of the factory land, told the Dhaka Tribune that around 80 workers were on duty when the fire started. "Almost all of them were able to come out of the building," he said. Workers said around 300 workers are employed in the factory in two shifts. [iframe id="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fsukumar.sarkar%2Fvideos%2F1138244826228622%2F&show_text=0&width=400"] 4:55pm- One firefighting unit thus far has reached the spot, according to our reporter. Lead operator of the unit Shafiqul Islam, also a senior station official of Uttara Fire Service, said more units are on their way. 4:30pm- Fire service and Civil Defence Headquarters Senior Officer (in-charge) Abdul Jalil said seven firefighting units are on their way. 4:20pm- The Dhaka Tribune’s reporter on the scene says he witnessed at least half a dozen people on fire, who were coming out of the factory building of Colour Max (BD) Limited, located in Ashulia’s Jirabo area.