Terrible accident in the history of Chittagong. At least 38 bodies have been recovered so far and more than 400 injured in the blaze at the BM container depot in Bhatiari area of Sitakunda. Among the dead are 5 fire service personnel. However, their names were not known. The number of burnt and injured has exceeded 400.
Sitakunda Upazila Executive Officer. Shahadat Hossain has confirmed this information. The fire broke out around 10:30 pm on Saturday (June 5).
At first, fire service members and depot staff did not understand the severity of the fire.
Firefighters were trying to contain the blaze. Some depot workers were filming the fire scene. Many of them were engulfed in flames when a loud explosion took place at around 11 pm.
The fire at BM Container Depot in Sitakunda, Chittagong did not come under control even after 13 long hours. One container after another is still exploding there. The flames of the blazing fire are burning. A total of 25 units from Chittagong, Comilla, Laxmipur, Noakhali and Feni were engaged in extinguishing the fire at BM Container Depot at 10 am on Sunday.
Fire service personnel say the identity of the chemical in the container is still unknown, the fire is not going to be extinguished. The owner has not been found since the fire.
A firefighter working to control the fire said he had been working tirelessly since Saturday night. There is no way to control the fire.
“First we went to the container with a pipe and tried to spray water,” he said. However, firefighters are also suffering casualties in the blast when they tried to give water from nearby. I am working for him from a safe distance. Some of our members were seriously injured.
The owner of the depot is not available. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.
The injured are being treated in different wards of Chittagong Medical College (CMC). Under the pressure of extra patients, many are being treated on the hospital floor in addition to the ward. Apart from this, treatment is also being provided at other hospitals and Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in the city.
Chittagong Medical College (CMC) Hospital has confirmed that the leave of all doctors in Chittagong has been canceled. The district civil surgeon also instructed the doctors of private hospitals to join the work in government hospitals including Chittagong Medical College Hospital.
According to eyewitnesses, there were about 50,000 containers in the depot at that time.
The combustible material there can cause the onset of fire. The fire continued to increase due to wind on Saturday night. There is also a shortage of water in the depot area.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has expressed deep grief over the incident. This information was given in a condolence message sent from the press wing of the Prime Minister on Sunday (June 5).
The Prime Minister prayed for the souls of the victims and conveyed his deepest condolences to the bereaved families. The Prime Minister also directed to provide necessary medical treatment to the injured.
The Prime Minister also called upon the government and party leaders to come forward to bring the fire under control quickly and conduct rescue operations and extend all possible cooperation to the victims.