At least 18 people were injured after an explosion caused a section of ceiling and walls of a restaurant to collapse on them in Gazipur’s Boardbazar area early yesterday.
The explosion at Tripty Hotel and Restaurant, housed on the ground floor of Monsur Super Market, rocked the area around 2:30am when the staffers were preparing to close, said Ershad Hossain, official of local Fire Service and Civil Defence.
On information, four fire engines rushed to the spot and rescued the injured, he said.
Firefighters are yet to determine the exact cause of the blast.
Of the injured, 16 were taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital while two were admitted to a local hospital.
Radhuni Hotel and Restaurant, another restaurant adjacent to Tripty, was also damaged by the explosion.
Rezaul Karim and Habibur Rahman, owners of the Tripty and Radhuni restaurants respectively, said they were sure that the explosion was not caused by gas cylinder as two cylinders of the restaurant were found intact.
Zakaria Khan, station officer of Gazipur Fire Service, said the gas cylinders were placed about 20 feet away from the restaurant and they were connected with the oven at kitchen through a long pipeline.
“Primarily we think there was a leakage in the pipeline and the explosion was caused by the gas trapped inside the restaurant,” he said.
Meanwhile, a five-member probe body headed by an additional magistrate has been formed to investigate the incident.