Bangladesh juice factory fire kills 52 people

The fire began Thursday afternoon on the ground flooring of a six-story Hashem Foods Ltd. factory in Rupganj, east of the capital Dhaka, Debashis Bardhan, deputy director of the fire service and civil defense stated.

The existence of chemicals and combustible compounds like polythene and clarified butter added to the blaze in the factory, and made it harder to bring under control, the state-run Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha news firm reported.

Some workers jumped off the roof to escape the fire.
Firefighters work to douse the fire at the factory on Friday.

3 individuals passed away when they leapt off the roofing on Thursday after suffering burns from the blaze, BSS reported, pointing out Abdul Al Arifin, the Narayanganj district deputy director of the fire service and civil defense. Practically none of the bodies recuperated on Friday might be acknowledged, BSS reported, pointing out fire service and civil defense director Lieutenant Colonel Zillur Rahman.

Al Arifin stated each of the structure’s floorings had to do with 35,000 square feet (3,250 square meters) however were just available by 2 staircases, indicating that lots of employees might not go out as the fire infect the stairs, while among the doors leading from the stairs to the roofing was locked, Reuters reported.

Twenty-five individuals were saved from the structure, authorities stated. A minimum of 50 individuals, primarily factory employees and workers, were hurt in the fire.

The fire was brought under control by Friday afternoon, BSS reported, and family members of missing out on employees were staging presentations outside and around the factory properties.

Firefighters recover the remains of a victim.

The Narayanganj district administration has actually formed a five-member probe committee to take a look at the occurrence, Reuters reported, pointing out Al Arifin.

In 2013, more than 1,000 individuals were eliminated when a whole garment factory collapsed in Bangladesh’s capital, bringing security requirements for the nation’s factory employees — a high percentage of whom work in the garment market — into the spotlight.
Almost 200 brand names and more than 1,600 factories signed an arrangement promoting safe workplace for employees following the occurrence.

However still, blazes and mishaps can be typical in South Asia’s factories, a number of which run unlawfully and without appropriate fire and structure security requirements.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.