Published: Wednesday, October 9, 2013

RMG fire: 7-man body formed

Death toll revised to 7, 2 bodies handed over, 5 kept at upazila health complex

A seven-member body has been formed to investigate into the incident of fire that swept through a garment factory, killing at least seven people in Sreepur upazila of Gazipur Tuesday evening.

Fifty people were also injured in the fire that originated around 6:00pm in the dyeing section of two-storey Aswad Composite Mills at Maona owned by Palmal Group.

The probe body, which was formed around 1:00am Wednesday, was asked to submit its report within seven days, said Shahnewaz Dilruba Khan, assistant deputy commissioner (General) of Gazipur.

This Tuesday photo shows the flames rage through the two-storey garment factory Aswad Composite Mills in Sreepur of Gazipur.
This photo taken on early Wednesday shows the flames of fire that swept through Aswad Composite Mills in Sreepur of Gazipur on Tuesday. Photo: Palash Khan
This photo taken on Wednesday shows a fire fighter is trying to douse the fire that broke out in Aswad Composite Mills Tuesday. Photo: Palash Khan
Red Crescent volunteers bring out a body of a fire victim from inside a garment factory early Wednesday. A devastating blaze swept through the factory in Sreepur upazila of Gazipur Tuesday evening killing at least seven people. Photo: Palash Khan
Rescuers keep five wrapped bodies on the ground floor of Aswad Composite Mills early Wednesday. They victims were burnt to death in a fire at inside the factory on Tuesday. Photo: Palash Khan


Md Mohsin, additional district magistrate, is leading the seven members probe body.

The cause of the devastating blaze is yet to be confirmed, firefighter officials said Wednesday.

Soon after the incident, it was reported that at least nine people were killed.

Firemen also said they recovered seven bodies from the ground floor and two from the second floor of the factory at Bariderchala.

Meanwhile, the district administration handed over the body of assistant general manager Rashiduzzaman Mandal to the authorities of the Association of Textile Engineering, a platform of textile engineers.
Mandal was an executive member of the association, reports our correspondent in Gazipur.

The body of technician Naimul Islam, nephew of deceased Rashiduzzaman, was also handed over to his family, Aziz Haider Bhuiyan, Sreepur upazila nirbahi officer (UNO) told The Daily Star from the upazila health complex.

The charred bodies of five victims which go beyond recognition have been kept at the health complex, he said.

The UNO identified them as knitting operators Bulbul Islam, Minhajul Islam, Raju Mia and Rubel, and technician Khalil.

If relatives of the victims fail to identify, the bodies would be sent to Dhaka Medical College Hospital for DNA test, ADC Shahnewaz said.

Ten platoons of law enforcers including Rapid Action Battalion and Bangladesh Ansar have been deployed in the morning in Bariderchala area to maintain law and order.

Factory Director Emdad Hossain said 170 workers were on duty on the two floors when the fire broke out.

Originating at the dyeing section the flame spread to nearby chemical store on the first floor and in no time it engulfed the two floors. Around 15 minutes later, a boiler on the ground floor exploded, further feeding the flames, Liton, a worker, said.

The fire occurred at a time when the country is still reeling from the deadly Rana Plaza building collapse on April 24 at Savar, where 1,132 garment workers were killed and the Tazreen Fashions fire at Ashulia that left 112 workers killed on November 24 last year.

  • afreen

    They should not only investigate the reason of fire, Also why people were not saved after fire broke out, why they could not escape properly. If the building design is not good enough for fire escape please take action immediately to break and redesign all garments factory….its really has been a great shame for Bangladesh Garment sector. Take necessary action for the crime if the owner dont obey the rules for factory security.

  • Akhtar Shah

    What is the point ? When no one learns any lessons whatever!