22 killed, 170 injured in fire at Bangladesh container depot | News


Docs say the loss of life toll might rise as a number of the injured are in important situation.

A large fireplace has swept via a container depot in southeastern Bangladesh, killing not less than 22 folks and injuring greater than 170, in keeping with officers.

The fireplace broke out at a container facility on Saturday night time at Sitakunda, 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the port metropolis of Chittagong, triggering a number of explosions, officers mentioned.

“The variety of fatalities is anticipated to rise as a number of the injured are in important situation,” Chittagong’s chief physician, Elias Chowdhury, informed the AFP information company.

Rashidul Haque, Superintendent of Police within the Chattogram district, informed Al Jazeera that the loss of life toll stood at 22 folks.

These injured included firefighters who had been on the scene making an attempt to douse the blaze.

They have been damage in the course of the secondary explosions.

“Some 170 folks have been injured together with not less than 40 firefighters and 10 cops. Three firefighters have been additionally killed,” mentioned Abul Kalam Aza, the native police chief.

The explosions shook the neighbourhood and shattered glasses of home windows of close by homes, native residents mentioned.

Firefighters have been nonetheless working to place out the fireplace on Sunday morning, police mentioned.

Al Jazeera’s Tanvir Chaudhury, reporting from Dhaka, mentioned efforts have been ongoing to keep away from the explosion of containers containing chemical substances.

It was not instantly clear what precipitated the blaze. Hearth service officers mentioned they believe it could have originated from a container of hydrogen peroxide and unfold rapidly to different containers.

About 5,000 containers are on the BM Inland Container Depot, which handles items for export and import, in keeping with native media.

Chaudhury mentioned safety measures at industrial services have improved for the reason that Rana Plaza catastrophe in 2013, however that chemical crops situated in shut proximity to cities nonetheless posed a threat for residents in addition to staff.

Chittagong civil surgeon Mohammed Elias Hossain has urged all medical doctors within the district to assist sort out the scenario and known as for emergency blood donations.


Fire rips through Moscow business centre, at least two injured | News

Greater than 120 folks have been rescued from a 10-storey constructing earlier than the blaze was put out.

A hearth has ripped by way of a 10-storey enterprise centre in western Moscow, injuring at the very least two folks, in line with authorities.

Friday’s blaze was put out after greater than 120 folks have been evacuated, the emergencies ministry stated.

Footage confirmed large flames and billowing plumes of smoke as firefighters battled the blaze.

“At 12:32 [09:32 GMT] the hearth was totally extinguished,” the emergencies ministry stated in an announcement on messaging app Telegram.

The ministry stated earlier that “greater than 120 folks had been rescued from the burning constructing”.

Firefighters work to extinguish a fire in an office building in western Moscow
Greater than 120 folks had been rescued from the burning constructing [Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP]

Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin stated two folks required medical assist and one among them was handled on the spot.

“Their lives aren’t in peril,” Sobyanin stated in an announcement.

The blaze coated an space of 1,000 sq. metres (10,764 sq. ft), the ministry stated, including that 180 folks and 41 items of apparatus battled the hearth.

Fires are a frequent prevalence in Russia and are sometimes resulting from non-compliance with security requirements or the dilapidated state of the premises.

Firefighters work to extinguish a fire in an office building in western Moscow
Firefighters work to extinguish a hearth in an workplace constructing in western Moscow [Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP]