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Army called in to help contain Chattogram depot fire

Staff Correspondent
05 Jun 2022 13:51:26 | Update: 05 Jun 2022 14:00:13
Army called in to help contain Chattogram depot fire
Firefighters carry the dead body of a victim from the site after a fire broke out at a container storage facility in Sitakunda, about 40 km (25 miles) from the key port of Chittagong on June 5, 2022. — AFP Photo

A Bangladesh Army team has been called in to help firefighters contain Chattogram depot fire which killed at least 37 people and injured hundreds of others till Sunday afternoon.

More than fifteen hours have passed since the fire broke out around 9:35pm on Saturday. Currently, 32 firefighting units are working to bring the fire under control.

So far, eight firemen died and 15 personnel were injured while trying to extinguish the flame, a fire service media cell press release said.

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After inspecting the site on Sunday morning, Chittagong Divisional Commissioner Ashraf Uddin told reporters that 150-200 members of the army would take part in the operation to bring the fire under control and prevent it from spreading further.

“An army team has already reached the spot and started working,” he added.

Lt Col Monira Sultana, commander of the Engineering Core 1 of Chittagong Cantonment, said, “The container depot contained hydrogen peroxide. Our chemical experts are working with the fire service to control the fire.”