Narayanganj factory fire toll rises to 52

The devastating fire that broke out at Rupganj Sejan Juice Factory Thursday has claimed at least 52 lives and 50 others received injuries, district administration and firefighters said.

As many as 49 bodies were recovered so far as the firefighters started recovering bodies from the debris after the blaze was brought under control at about 1:15 pm today after several hours of frantic efforts.

“The fire service personnel recovered 49 bodies so far from there . . . The rescue campaign led by Fire Service and Civil Defense still continues to search the bodies there,”  Narayanganj Deputy Commissioner (DC) Md Mostain Billah told BSS this afternoon.

Earlier, Narayanganj district deputy director of the Fire Service and Civil Defense Abdul Al Arifin told media that three people, including two female workers, died when they jumped off the roof.

He said the fire originated at 5:30 pm yesterday from the second floor of the seven-storey building located in Kornogop area of Bhulta union under Rupganj upazila.

Police said at least 50 people, mostly the factory workers and employees, received injuries in the fire that broke out at the factory of Hashem Foods Ltd, a sister concern of Sajeeb Group.

The injured were undergoing treatment at various hospitals, including Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH), while the bodies were sent to DMCH morgue.


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