Victims of the Patenga Jamuna oil depot fire take treatment at the CMCH in Chittagong on Friday. Photo: Star
Nine people were critically injured in a fire that broke out from an explosion of an oil tank at the depot of Jamuna Oil Company in Patenga of Chittagong city Friday evening.
The nine workers identified as Abdur Rahim, 45, Khayer Ahmed, 50, Md Nazim, 40, Jhamsed, 45, Hassan, 50, Shamshu 40, Lokman, 55, Jamal, 45 and Jabir, 40.
The victims were admitted at burn unit of Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH).
Among the victims Abdur Rahim was burned badly, said doctors. The condition of five of the injured are critical, Brig Gen Khondakar Shahidul Ghani, director of CMCH, told The Daily Star.
Eyewitness and one of the injured Rahim said that they were working under the gate of the tank no 11 in the evening when suddenly an explosion occurred that blew away the roof of the tank.
Fire engulfed the surrounding area including the nine workers, Rahim added.
Fellow workers rushed them to the CMCH.
Fire service sources said they initially suspected that the fire originated from the spark of weldin. Bahar Uddin, station officer of EPZ fire station said the reason of the fire was not known immediately.
Two fire fighting units from EPZ fire station rushed to the spot and doused the fire at around 7:30 pm, the official added.