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

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Docs say the loss of life toll might rise as among the injured are in crucial situation.

A large fireplace has swept via a container depot in southeastern Bangladesh, killing a minimum of 16 folks and injuring greater than 170, in accordance with officers.

The hearth 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 stated.

“Sixteen folks have been killed within the fireplace. The variety of fatalities is predicted to rise as among the injured are in crucial situation,” Chittagong’s chief physician, Elias Chowdhury, informed the AFP information company.

These injured included firefighters who had been on the scene trying to douse the blaze.

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

“Some 170 folks have been injured together with a minimum of 40 firefighters and 10 cops. Three firefighters have been additionally killed,” stated Abul Kalam Aza, the native police chief.

Firefighters have been nonetheless working to place out the hearth on Sunday morning, police stated.

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

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.

It was not instantly clear what prompted the blaze.

Fireplace service officers stated they believe it could have originated from a container of hydrogen peroxide and unfold shortly to different containers.

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