Factory fire kills 5 in Bangladesh capital
Last Updated: Saturday, December 25, 2010, 16:06
Dhaka: Five people were killed and six others injured as a fire ripped through a mosquito-repellent factory here, less than two weeks after 29 workers died in another factory fire nearby.

The fire broke out yesterday at a warehouse cum factory in Khilkhet area of the city, fire service and police said.

"Five people were apparently killed instantly as the fire broke out at the warehouse" where hundreds of cans of mosquito repellent sprays and coils were stored, a police official said.

Television reports quoting witnesses said several hundred cans continued to explode for nearly 30 minutes.

Fire fighters recovered five charred bodies from the burnt-out remains and sent six others to hospitals with burn injuries, a fire service spokesman said.

The Daily Star newspaper quoting the injured people said the fire broke out when the workers were removing chemicals from date-expired cans using a machine.

The warehouse management said a total of 20 workers were inside the factory when the fire broke out.

On December 15, Bangladesh had witnessed deaths of 29 people after a devastating fire that tore through a garment factory at suburban Savar area at the outskirts of the capital.


First Published: Saturday, December 25, 2010, 16:06

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