At least 14 people were killed and dozens injured in an explosion that ripped through a seven-story commercial building in Bangladesh’s capital on Tuesday. The officers provided this information.
Fire department official Rashid bin Khalid told by phone that the blaze occurred in Gulistan, a busy commercial area of Dhaka.
According to fire officials, the building housed several stores selling plumbing products and household items, and its first two floors were badly damaged.
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It was not immediately clear what caused the explosion.
Khalid said that at least 11 teams of the fire department were working at the site of the blast.
Bachu Miya, a police officer at the state-run Dhaka Medical College Hospital, said more than 50 people were taken for treatment and at least 14 of them died.
Bangladesh has a history of fires and industrial disasters, including factories catching fire, with workers trapped inside. Watchdog groups have blamed corruption and lax enforcement.
Thousands of people were left homeless after a massive fire broke out in an overcrowded refugee camp for Rohingya Muslims in southern Bangladesh on Sunday. No casualty was reported at Balukhali camp in Cox’s Bazar district.
In 2012, around 117 workers died after being trapped behind a closed exhaust at a garment factory in Dhaka.
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The following year saw the country’s worst industrial disaster, when the Rana Plaza garment factory outside Dhaka collapsed, killing more than 1,100 people.
In 2019, a fire broke out in a 400-year-old area surrounded by apartments, shops and warehouses in the oldest part of Dhaka, killing at least 67 people. In 2010, at least 123 people died when a fire broke out in a house containing illegally stored chemicals in old Dhaka.
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In 2021, a fire at a food and beverage factory outside Dhaka killed at least 52 people, many of whom were trapped inside illegally locked doors.
Last year, at least 41 people, including nine firefighters, were killed and more than 100 injured in a blaze at a shipping container storage depot near the country’s main Chittagong port.
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