Fire at Gazipur electronics factory
Gazipu, Sept 13: Firefighters have doused a fire that blazed through an electronics factory in Gazipur's Dhirasram area for several hours.
No causality has so far been reported and it was not immediately clear if anyone was trapped inside the building, said Md Mamunur Rashid, Assistant Deputy Director of the Fire Service in Gazipur.
The fire broke out in the six-storey factory of Minister Hi-Tech Park Ltd, a sister concern of Myone Electronics, around 7.15 am on Friday before spreading to an adjacent six-storey building, according to firefighters. Sixteen units of the fire service subsequently tamed the fire at 12.54 pm.
According to the fire service official, the fire originated in a warehouse on the building's top floor but its cause and the extent of damages could not be determined immediately. The firefighters faced difficulties as combustible materials were stocked inside the building, he said.
The factory lacked adequate fire safety measures, said Md Saleh Uddin, Assistant Director at the Fire Service headquarters, said adding, "We tried to douse the flames using the
water supply of nearby Mark Wear Limited."
"This factory didn't carry out fire drills on a regular basis. Having a warehouse on the sixth floor is also against regulations," Md Motalib Mia, Assistant Inspector General of the Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishment, told The Daily Observer at the scene.
MA Razzak Khan, Chairman of Myone Electronics and Minister Hi-Tech Park Ltd, skirted questions on the issue of fire safety measures in the building but said, "Factory operations were closed at the time. We don't know how the fire broke out on the sixth floor."
The company's Head of Media KMG Kibria said various home appliances manufactured in the factory were stored on the sixth floor. But he could not provide an estimate of the value of the goods.
Aside from refrigerators and televisions, the factory also produces other electronic goods such as rice cookers and irons, said the company's DGM (Accounts and Finance) Md Rafiqul Islam.
The factory employs around 2,000 workers but its operations were closed on Friday, he said.
A seven-member probe committee, headed by additional district magistrate, was formed to find the cause behind the fire incident, Deputy Commissioner of Gazipur SM Tarikul Islam said.