Death toll rises to 25 in Bangladesh factory fire
September 11th, 2016 at 12:17 pm
Death toll rises to 25 in Bangladesh factory fire

Dhaka – The death toll in Bangladesh’s factory-fire has risen to 25 with the firefighters still battling to douse the explosion-triggered blaze at the packaging factory in Tongi, officials said on Sunday.

Firefighters have frantically been trying to put out the blaze soon after the fire erupted with explosion at Tampaco Foils factory located 20 kilometers north of Dhaka. As they douse the flame at one area fresh fire erupts in other part of the collapsed four-storey factory building.

Witnesses said the volunteers tried to enter into the building, now reduced to one-and a half-storey after the collapse, but they returned because the pockets inside are full of thick-black smokes and flames.

A survivor of the fire died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital early on Sunday making the death toll in the tragedy to 25. The victim was identified as Ripon Das, a printing operator of the factory, police officer Bachhi Mia said.

At least 24 people, mostly factory workers, were killed on Saturday. Some of the bodies were handed to the families for their rites. More than 100 people are believed injured in the Saturday morning explosion.

The firefighters have managed to bring the fire under control, but they could not put it out completely.

The Tampaco Foils factory produces packaging for tobacco and other consumer products. British American Tobacco and Nestle are among its clients, as posted on the website of the company.