Bangladesh Fire Tragedy Toll Rises To 32


Dhaka: The death toll in the fire tragedy at a Bangladeshi factory on Monday climbed to 32 after more bodies were retrieved from under the debris and authorities called in a team of army to join the rescue operation.

Gazipur fire service’s Deputy Assistant Director Md Aktaruzzaman said three more bodies have been recovered from the building today. The flames in the factory were not doused completely. Fire was still being spotted here and there.

The army also joined the operation. The father of a victim filed a case against the Tampaco Foils Factory owner and six others with Tongi Police Station last night.

Owner Mokbul Hossain was named as the prime accused, BD News quoted Officer-in-Charge of Tongi Police Station Firoz Talukder as saying. The fire was initially thought to have triggered by a powerful boiler explosion at the Tempako Packaging Factory in Tongi industrial area near Dhaka, but officials later claimed they have found the factory tank intact fuelling speculation that a gas leak could be the reason behind the blast.

About 100 people were believed to have been inside the food and cigarette packaging unit when the explosion occurred.


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