Death toll rises to 29 as Tongi factory fire doused

Tongi factory fire
Fire service conducts rescue operation as they doused the flame at Tampaco Foils Limited at Tongi.

Fire fighters have doused this afternoon the packaging factory fire that engulfed yesterday at Tongi in Gazipur, leaving at least 29 people dead.

They put out the blaze at around 5 pm, nearly 36 hours since yesterday morning, four bodies recovered from the rubbles of the collapsed factory building of Tampaco Foils Limited this evening, Deputy Commissioner of Gazipur SM Alam said.

The authorities have published a list of 11 missing workers of the factory.

As much as five different probe bodies were set up as of today to investigate into the incident amid two main speculations on how the incident took place – boiler explosion and gas leakage.

Fire service officials suspected it was a boiler explosion but another committee rejected it. A few of the survivors say it might have originated from a gas leak.

It was the biggest factory fire in Bangladesh since the Rana Plaza disaster in 2013.

The Ministry of Industries today formed a five-member committee, led by additional secretary Dabirul Islam, to investigate into the incident. The committee has been asked to submit its report within 15 working days, said a press release.

Four separate probe committees were formed yesterday to investigate into the incident.

Meanwhile, Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu said today that punitive action should be taken against those responsible for the incident.

“Necessary action will be taken if anyone’s negligence is found,” he told journalists while visiting the spot at Tongi BSCIC industrial area in the morning. He assured the families of the victims of all government assistance.

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