A person was killed and at least 19 others were injured, six of them burnt, as a tank lorry exploded in Chandpur town early yesterday.
The fuel-laden lorry was being unloaded in front of a three-storey residential building at Bangabandhu Road around 12:30am when the vehicle caught fire and exploded. Mizanur Rahman, 50, a dealer of Padma Oil Company, has been using the ground floor of the building as a depot for fuel including octane and diesel.
In no time, the fire spread and took a serious turn as there were hundreds of drums filled with fuel on the ground floor rented by Mizanur.
On information, five fire service units rushed to the spot and took three hours to bring the fire under control.
Six people, including Mizanur and his 23-year-old son Raihan, who suffered severe burns were sent to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH). Raihan later died at the hospital.
The others are Noor Mohammad, 21, Badsha Miah, 50, Masud Hossain, 28, and Belal Hossain, 35.
Another burn victim received treatment at Chandpur Sadar Hospital. The injured others were treated at local hospitals.
Belal Hossain, a physician at Chandpur Government General Hospital, said that of the six burn victims referred to the DMCH, four sustained 80 to 90 percent burns while two others 50 to 60 percent.
Assistant Director of Chandpur North Fire Service Station Ratan Dutta said the extent of damage could not be estimated yet. There were diesel, petrol, octane, kerosene and gas cylinders in the warehouse.
The tanker was completely destroyed and most part of the building burnt.
Additional Superintendent of Police Asrafuzzaman said police were looking into the matter how Mizanur was using a residential building for business purpose.