Two persons were killed and at least 10 others injured after a blast triggered a fire in a sweater manufacturing factory in the industrial hub of Gazipur, adjacent to capital Dhaka. The fire at ‘Smoke Sweater Factory’, located in Memberbari area, Baiarchala, Gazipur Sadar, broke out around 6:15pm on May 26, 2019, right before iftar hours in Ramadan and took nearly two hours to douse, Fire Service and Civil Defence sources have said. Four units of fire fighters from Joydebpur and Sreepur units brought the fire under control, Joydebpur fire service Station Officer Jakir Hossain said. Joydebpur Police Station Officer-in-Charge Md Asaduzzaman said two persons were killed in the blast. They were identified as Farhad Hossain, 30, and Sirajul Islam, 23, both repairmen who were fixing central air conditioning at factory.

From what could be known, the repairmen were fixing the central air conditioning of the factory when the compressor cylinder exploded. Farhad and Sirajul were caught in the blast and died on the way to a hospital. 10 other workers were hurt while trying to rush out. A daily quoted the factory’s Manager (Administration) Sabuj Sheikh to say that both the deceased were technicians. Three of the factory’s operators sustained burns in the blast. The injured workers were hospitalised at different clinics and hospitals.

Gazipur fire service’s Deputy-Assistant Director Akhteruzzaman reportedly said that there were no water reservoir nearby. “We had to bring in water from the other side of Dhaka-Mymensingh highway. This took us some time to douse the fire.”A good amount of factory goods including fabrics and machineries were gutted in the flames. However, the exact amount sustained in losses could not be ascertained immediately.