Fire at container depot in Sitakunda: Death toll rises to 4

Two of the burnt and injured died at Chittagong Medical College Hospital. The two were brought to the hospital dead, said Rajiv Palit, assistant director of the hospital.

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He reported the deaths of four people after half past one on Saturday night. He was able to identify one of them.

Medical services are being disrupted due to huge crowds at the hospital. At around 2 pm, RAB members started removing unwanted people from the hospital.

One of the dead was Mominul Haque (22). Khoreshad Alam, uncle of the deceased, told that he was working as a computer operator at the container depot called BM Depot.

More than two hundred people were reportedly burnt and injured in the blast at the depot after a fire broke out around 9:30 pm on Saturday.

The burnt and injured were being brought to Chittagong Medical College at around 1.30 pm. At least 10 policemen were also injured.

Chittagong Civil Surgeon Mohammad Ilyas urged the city’s doctors to come forward at night to treat the injured.

At least four firefighters were injured in the blaze and were rushed to Chittagong Medical College Hospital, said Nurul Alam Dulal, a senior station officer at the fire service’s Kumira station.

He told that it was initially known that the container depot had caught fire due to chemicals.

Fifteen units of the fire service are working to put out the fire till 12:30 pm. Police and locals are assisting them.
Shahjahan Sikder, deputy assistant director of the fire service, said the BM container depot had caught fire. The fire was reported to the fire service at 9:25 pm. Then there are eight units. Initially casualties are feared.

He said the fire had spread due to the explosion.

Local journalist Mizanur Rahman Yusuf told that the blast was heard from a distance of three kilometers.

Container depot workers, police personnel and fire service personnel were involved in the fire at the depot in Kadmarsul area.

The fire started at BM Depot after 9:30 pm. Upon receiving the news, eight units of the fire service went to the spot.

Nurul Alam Dulal, senior station officer at Kumira station of the fire service, told that it was initially known that the container depot had caught fire due to chemicals.

“Four of our workers were injured in the fire. They were rescued and sent to Chittagong Medical College Hospital. ”

The control room could not confirm anything about the injured yet.

The depot authorities have announced to take care of the victims of the fire at the container depot.

A press release signed by BM Container Depot Director Mujibur Rahman on Saturday night said, “The cause of the fire has not been confirmed yet. However, I think the container caught fire. We will stand by the victims from a humanitarian point of view. “We will bear all the medical expenses. The injured will be given all kinds of treatment. ”

The notification also demanded that the victims be given ‘maximum compensation’. It said, “Besides, the families of all the victims will be taken care of. Besides, everything will be done as per the decision of the administration. ”

The BM Container Depot, located on 24 acres of land along the Dhaka-Chittagong Highway, 20 km from Chittagong city, started its journey in 2011.

According to the website of the depot, a private inland container depot (ICD) was set up with the joint investment of Bangladesh and the Netherlands. Its chairman is Bert Prank from the Netherlands and its managing director is Mostafizur Rahman from Bangladesh.

At this depot, containers of various types of import and export goods including garments, food processing sector products are prepared for shipping and transportation.

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