Fire at Bangladesh sap factory kills a minimum of 52, over 50 injured


No less than 52 people were killed and over 50 others injured in a massive fire that broke out at a six-storey sap factory out of doors Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka, according to media reports on Friday.

The fire broke out at around 5pm on Thursday at the Shezan sap factory in Naryanganj’s Rupganj, according to fire officials.

It is suspected that the fire originated from the ground floor of the building and spread quickly because of the presence of chemicals and plastic bottles.

Fifty-two people have died and over 50 others were injured in the fire, the Dhaka Tribune reported.

Several workers jumped off the building to escape the devastating fire, it said.

Eighteen firefighting units were struggling to douse the fire at the factory building of Hashem Foods Limited.

People gathered in front of the building looking for their loved ones who are still lacking. Of the many lacking, the identities of 44 lacking workers have been confirmed, the newspaper said.

Rescued workers and relatives alleged that the front gate and only exit of the factory remained locked at the time of the fire.

They also claimed that the building had no proper fire safety measures in place.

Deputy Director of Narayanganj District Fire Service Abdullah Al Arefin said it’s going to take a little time to fully keep an eye on the fire.

Until the fire is doused, it’s not conceivable to say precisely how much damage has occurred and the reason for the fire, he added.

A five-member probe committee has been formed by the district administration to look into the incident.

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