An explosion caused while transferring oil from a lorry to a warehouse in Chandpur caused a fire in an adjacent building which burnt seven and injured at least 20 others.
According to Chandpur Sadar Model Thana OC Wali Ullah, the fire started around 12 am on Thursday at Bangabandhu Sarak.
The OC said, the three-story building had an oil warehouse on the ground floor owned by Mizanur Rahman.
While oil was being transferred to the warehouse, the lorry exploded and caught fire.
“The fire spread rapidly. The warehouse stored a couple of hundred drums of octane and diesel which helped the fire spread faster,” the OC said.
Seven were burnt while 20 others were injured while they were trying to escape the fire.
On information, five units of fire service rushed to the area and after three hours of efforts were finally able to bring the fire under control, Wali Ullah added.
The burn victims have been identified as Miaznur Rahman, his son Noor Mohammad, Rayhan, Badshah Miah, Delowar Bhuiyan, Masud and a fire service worker Khokon.
Khokon was admitted to Chandpur Sadar Hospital while rest of the victims were sent to Dhaka Medical College Hospital.
Belal Hossain, physician at Chandpur Sadar Hospital said, four of the victims have sustained 80-90% burns.
Dewan Mohammad Shahjahan, Councilor of Chandpur Municipality Ward 10, said the fire damaged 5-6 stores in the area, including two motorcycle repairing shops.
Senior Station Officer of Chandpur Fire Service, Md Faruk Ahmed said, “ The fire started after the lorry exploded and became unmanageable as it spread among the flammable lubricants stored in the warehouse.”
Authorities are investigating the situation, said Chandpur Additional Deputy Commissioner Md. Abdul Hai.