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Fire at Ahsulia Factory

At least 9 workers killed

Around 100 injured; flames yet to be doused

Locals try to douse the flames in Tazreen Fashion near Dhaka Export Processing Zone in Ashulia last night. The fire gutted several floors of the eight-storied factory and nine workers perished when they jumped to their deaths to escape the fire. Photo: Palash Khan

At least nine workers were killed and around 100 injured in a devastating fire at a garment factory near Dhaka Export Processing Zone in Ashulia last night.

The dead included seven female and two male workers of the factory, Officer-in-Charge of Ashulia Police Station SM Badrul Alam told The Daily Star around 1:45am today.

Police, fire-fighters and witnesses said those killed in the incident did not suffer burns, but they died after jumping off different floors of the eight-storey Tazreen Fashion at Nischintapur in a bid to escape the blaze that started on the ground floor around 6:50pm.

The flames soon spread up to the fourth floor.

Fifteen fire-fighting units from Ashulia, Savar, Dhamrai, Tongi and the capital were trying to douse the fire as of filing this report around 2:45am.

Panic-stricken workers, especially the women, started running helter-skelter and jumped off the building. This left many of them seriously injured.

Four of those who jumped died on the spot.

Harunur Rashid, assistant manager of the nearby Centre for Women and Child Health, said they received the bodies of four female workers. They were identified as Moriyum, 25, Morsheda, 26, Mousumi, 26 and Nurunnesa, 30.

A male worker, identified as Maruf, 22, died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital around 10:00pm.

The identity of the four other dead could not be known immediately as relatives took away their bodies from the spot, said OC Badrul.

Eight other workers with head, hand and leg injuries were undergoing treatment at DMCH.

The injured were first rushed to the Centre for Women and Child Health for treatment. "We treated 53 while 10 were referred to different hospitals in Dhaka as their condition was critical," said Harunur Rashid.

Director General of Fire Service and Civil Defence Abu Naim Mohammad Shahidullah, told reporters at the spot that the fire might have originated from an electrical short circuit. However, he added, nothing could be said for sure before a thorough investigation.

The rescuers brought down about 50 workers trapped on the rooftop of the building.

Moinul, a worker of Tazreen Fashion, said, "Around 6:50pm, I was about to enter the factory building when I heard the fire alarm. I saw flames and fumes coming out of the ground floor."

He said some workers managed to come out but many got trapped inside as the fire quickly spread. "I saw many of my fellow workers jumping from the building."

Some workers said there was an emergency exit at the building but they could not use it, as they were not trained to do that.

"About 200-250 workers were on over-time duty on several floors when the fire started at the cotton godown on the ground floor," said Monsur Khaled, chief of crisis management cell of BGMEA.

Three fire-fighting units from EPZ rushed there at 7:15pm. They tried to douse the fire with the help of locals. Twelve more units joined them later.

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Not worker, killed 9 general people.

: piplu

Nobody believes in conspiracy theory but how can one discard the similar views and other accident happening from bridge to road, from home to hospital, from flyover to underpass, from nowhere to anywhere when the country empresses any serious political gridlock. Take account from the news papers and find out whether Ashulia fire is accidental or conspiracy to add one more failure of the government failed to keep the garment workers safe from fire and dirty hands of the greedy profit makers in garment business.

: neutral


  • Reaz Hassan
    Sunday, November 25, 2012 10:42 AM GMT+06:00 (167 weeks ago)

    Till now 170 (one hundred and seventy) dead bodies have been recovered from the devastating fire that broke out yesterday evening at Ashulia at Savar. Around 300 (three hundred) workers injured have been admitted to different hospitals. This is the worst case of fire so far as human casualty is concerned. On the other hand, thirteen dead bodies have been recovered from the collapsed site at of the three girders in Chittagong. It may take more than a day to recover other dead bodies underneath. Today is Ashura-a day of sorrow for the Muslims. Together with all the unnatural deaths that over the last 15 hours, the nation mourns. We extend our heartfelt condolence and sorrow to the bereaved families.

  • matiur rahman
    Sunday, November 25, 2012 06:00 PM GMT+06:00 (167 weeks ago)

    We are deeply shocked.its unaccepted .....

  • sohul ahmed moku
    Monday, November 26, 2012 12:23 AM GMT+06:00 (167 weeks ago)

    Not only garments factory, every residential flats also been covered by grills, so there are no fire exit apart from stairs. Hence, one has no alternative but has to die by fire.

  • rch
    Monday, November 26, 2012 05:50 AM GMT+06:00 (167 weeks ago)

    What is the building code for Garment Factories? Our PM and other political leaders should stop heir crocodile tears and rather look at the root cause of these failures....very simple no accountability and don't care attitude towards rules.

  • Zashim
    Monday, November 26, 2012 08:15 AM GMT+06:00 (167 weeks ago)

    1. PM should force industry and commerce ministers to step down.2. BGMEA president should be arrested for failure to confirm that industries maintain safety regulation.

    3. Garment's owner including management should be charged with marder.4. All garments should be closed down unless they prove enough safety measures are taken.

  • Saleh Md. Shahriar
    Monday, November 26, 2012 10:34 AM GMT+06:00 (167 weeks ago)

    About 128 persons died.

  • Anis Kushtia
    Monday, November 26, 2012 01:39 PM GMT+06:00 (167 weeks ago)

    Very Sad News

  • Antim
    Monday, November 26, 2012 03:40 PM GMT+06:00 (167 weeks ago)

    We have to face such a tragedy in upcoming days in many times untill we can establish the rules of law, the prevention of corruption and the moral values. This is a natural phenomenon in Bangladesh that we all express our deep concern and tries to implement the rules and regulations after occurring such a tragedy. So this is not the last one.Get ready to accept like this one.





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