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POST TIME: 13 December, 2019 11:37:16 PM / LAST MODIFIED: 13 December, 2019 11:46:18 PM
Keraniganj plastic factory sealed
STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka

Keraniganj plastic factory sealed

A district administration team yesterday seals off Prime PET and Plastic Industries Ltd. at Chunkutia in Keraniganj, which was operating illegally without necessary licenses, after a fire at the factory on Wednesday that killed 13 people. Focus Bangla Photo

The Keraniganj upazila administration yesterday sealed the plastic factory where a devastating fire left 13 workers dead and 19 others injured on Wednesday. Amit Debnath, the upazila nirbahi officer (UNO), sealed both the Prime Pet and Plastic Factory and its godown yesterday. The factory, having a floor space of around 15,000 sq ft, had only a single entry and exit gate and no emergency exits. It had six large rooms inside, but everyone there had to use one gate to get out.

Abu Saleh Mohammad Ferdous Khan, deputy commissioner (DC) of Dhaka, yesterday called upon utility service providers, including gas and electricity suppliers, to check relevant documents before providing their services to any factory. After visiting the spot, the DC told reporters that the Dhaka district administration was trying to identify the non-compliant factories like the fire-ravaged plastic factory in Keraniganj so that such incidents were not repeated.

Amit Debnath said an investigation into the incident had been started. The relatives of the deceased would be given Tk. 1 lakh each from the disaster management and relief ministry. In addition to the burial of the dead, the

district administration has given Tk. 20,000 and Tk.15,000 to injured persons.

Dr Samanta Lal Sen, chief coordinator of the Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burn And Plastic Surgery, said that it was one of the gravest burn incidents he had ever seen in his 40-year career.

He also said that some of the patients undergoing

treatment were hard to recognise as their faces were fully burnt. Ten patients had 60–80 per cent burns and one, Abdur Razzak, was fully burnt.

He further that those admitted to the burn unit of the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) were completely out of danger. But the patients admitted to the Burn Institute were extremely critical. All of them were on life support.

“I have never seen such burns in my 40 years of professional experience. The wife of a patient who died on Thursday could not recognise him. He was later identified by a cut on one of his hands,” he added.

Dr Samanta Lal Sen said Abdur Razzak was fully burnt and his condition could deteriorate at any time. "It's usually not possible to save patients with 100 per cent burns. It has not happened anywhere in the world. We are constantly updating the patients’ relatives on his condition,” he added.

“Our Prime Minister has asked us to provide proper treatment to the victims. The government will bear the cost,” he said.

On Wednesday, a fire ravaged the plastic factory, killing one worker on the spot, while 31 were taken to DMCH with severe burn injuries. Eleven of the injured were moved to the Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burn And Plastic Surgery and eight shifted to the intensive care unit (ICU) of that hospital. One injured was shifted to another hospital. Twelve workers died while undergoing treatment on Thursday.