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12:00 AM, December 16, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 05:38 AM, December 16, 2019

5 more workers die of burns

Death toll in Keraniganj factory fire now 19

Five workers injured in Wednesday’s fire at a Keraniganj plastic factory died yesterday, raising the death toll to 19.

Five other injured workers are on life support and eight are in critical condition, doctors said.

Of those who died yesterday was Abdur Razzak, 45, whose brother Alam also worked at the factory and died of burns on Thursday.

Razzak, Mustakin Ali, 22, Abu Sayed, 16, and Suman Hawlader, 22, died at Sheikh Hasina National Burn and Plastic Surgery Institute. Durjoy Das, 20, whose parents took him from the hospital on Thursday, died at home in Chunkutia area of Keraniganj.

“My brothers died in the fire due to the factory owner’s negligence. We demand punishment of the owner and his accomplices. We also want compensation,” said Rokeya Begum, elder sister of Razzak and Alam.

Razzak and Alam suffered 100 percent burns in the fire that gutted single-use cups and plates factory Prime Pet and Plastic Industries.

Durjoy also received 100 percent burns and his parents took him from the hospital, telling doctors that they would like their son to spend his last hours at home.

“They killed him. I demand punishment of those responsible,” his grieving father Mintu Das told The Daily Star.

About the seriously injured patients at the institute and burn unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital, burn units’ Coordinator Samanta Lal Sen said, “Their condition is very critical. We are trying our best.”

The factory had only one gate and there was no emergency exit, fire officials and survivors said.

Another victim Suman was on leave on Wednesday. The factory manager called him and asked him to join work. He went inside the factory about 10 minutes before the fire broke out, said his elder brother Saidul Islam.

“We request the government to take steps so that no one dies due to negligence again,” he added.

Abu Sayed joined the factory as a worker two-and-half month ago to support his five-member family, said his uncle Mohammad Rubel.

“He was the breadwinner,” Rubel added.

Firefighters and survivors said the factory had been operating without permission for years.

Locals alleged that the authorities concerned turned a blind eye to the lack of safety measures at the factory even though it had been there for around 10 years and had witnessed two other fire incidents this year alone. 

Five workers injured in Wednesday’s fire at a Keraniganj plastic factory died yesterday, raising the death toll to 19.

Five other injured workers are on life support and eight are in critical condition, doctors said.

Of those who died yesterday was Abdur Razzak, 45, whose brother Alam also worked at the factory and died of burns on Thursday.

Razzak, Mustakin Ali, 22, Abu Sayed, 16, and Suman Hawlader, 22, died at Sheikh Hasina National Burn and Plastic Surgery Institute. Durjoy Das, 20, whose parents took him from the hospital on Thursday, died at home in Chunkutia area of Keraniganj.

“My brothers died in the fire due to the factory owner’s negligence. We demand punishment of the owner and his accomplices. We also want compensation,” said Rokeya Begum, elder sister of Razzak and Alam.

Razzak and Alam suffered 100 percent burns in the fire that gutted single-use cups and plates factory Prime Pet and Plastic Industries.

Durjoy also received 100 percent burns and his parents took him from the hospital, telling doctors that they would like their son to spend his last hours at home.

“They killed him. I demand punishment of those responsible,” his grieving father Mintu Das told The Daily Star.

About the seriously injured patients at the institute and burn unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital, burn units’ Coordinator Samanta Lal Sen said, “Their condition is very critical. We are trying our best.”

The factory had only one gate and there was no emergency exit, fire officials and survivors said.

Another victim Suman was on leave on Wednesday. The factory manager called him and asked him to join work. He went inside the factory about 10 minutes before the fire broke out, said his elder brother Saidul Islam.

“We request the government to take steps so that no one dies due to negligence again,” he added.

Abu Sayed joined the factory as a worker two-and-half month ago to support his five-member family, said his uncle Mohammad Rubel.

“He was the breadwinner,” Rubel added.

Firefighters and survivors said the factory had been operating without permission for years.

Locals alleged that the authorities concerned turned a blind eye to the lack of safety measures at the factory even though it had been there for around 10 years and had witnessed two other fire incidents this year alone. 

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