Published 08 Jun 2022
The fire, which started after the explosion in the warehouse in the city of Chittagong, 216 kilometers southeast of the capital Dhaka, grew rapidly due to the lack of safe stacking of chemicals.
The loss of life in the fire disaster in Bangladesh rose to 41, and more than 150 people were injured. The police announced that 50 of the 200 injured were firefighters.
An investigation into the incident has been initiated.
Bangladeshi authorities stated that the hydrogen peroxides in the warehouse were mislabeled and that the firefighters, who did not know this, responded to the fire with water, not foam. Noting that the fire increased its severity after the wrong intervention, the authorities blamed the warehouse company for the accident.
According to the news of Malay Mail, the fire official said, "The fire is not completely extinguished, but there is no risk of further explosion as our team separates the containers with the chemicals one by one." The cause of the fire is not yet known.
On the other hand, it was shared that there is nothing but fire extinguishers in the warehouse to respond to the fire and that the storage rules for dangerous chemicals are not followed.
Explosives experts from the Bangladesh army were called in to assist the firefighters, while the army took sandbag precautions to prevent the chemicals in the warehouse from flowing into the Indian Ocean. It was stated that there are approximately 4,000 containers in the warehouse, and most of the containers contain millions of dollars of textile products waiting to be exported to Western retailers.
More than 1,000 people have died in industrial disasters in Bangladesh since 2005. More than a thousand people have died in 12 industrial disasters in Bangladesh since 2005.
In the capital Dhaka, in 2012, approximately 117 workers due to the locked exits of a garment factory in a fire, and in 2013 more than 1,100 people as a result of the collapse of the 8-story Rana Plaza outside Dhaka, Dhaka's oldest settlement in 2019. At least 67 people died in a fire that broke out in a 400-year-old area filled with shops and warehouses in the region, and at least 52 people died in a fire at a food and beverage factory outside Dhaka in 2021.