- The gas was trapped inside the mosque and was ignited by six air conditioners as they turned on
- Samanta Lal Sen revealed that the death toll could rise considering the critical cases. Samanta said that around 37 people were being treated for 90 % degree burns.
- The explosion is said to have occurred when the worshipers were about to end their prayers.
The death toll from an explosion near a mosque in Narayangaj district near Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka has risen to 24. Among the dead is a seven year-old who had gone for prayers with his father who is said to be battling for his life. The authorities had placed the initial death at 17 people. It is alleged that the explosion was caused by a leakage at a gas pipeline that passes underneath the mosque.
The fire officials said that they suspect that the gas accumulated in the mosque because of the shut windows and was triggered when the air conditioners were turned on. The local media reports announced that at least six air conditioners exploded in the blast. However, investigation to ascertain the real cause of the explosion has been launched.
The explosion is said to have occurred when the worshipers were about to end their prayers. According to authorities dozens were injured with a majority suffering critical burns.
Dhaka’s government run hospital that specializes in burns and plastic surgery received most of the injured persons. The coordinator of hospital’s burn unit Samanta Lal Sen revealed that the death toll could rise considering the critical cases. Samanta said that around 37 people were being treated for 90 % degree burns.
A local resident who witnessed the horrific incident said that he heard a loud bang then saw smoke seeing coming from the mosque as people screamed. He added that some of the worshipers rushed out and tried to roll on the streets in an effort to put out the fire from their bodies.
Fire accidents are common in Bangladesh. Most of these accidents often occur since safety regulation rules are always ignored and there exists a lot of faulty installation of gas lines.
In March last year at least 25 people were killed and 70 others injured after a fire broke in a 22 store building in Dhaka. On February 20 2019, at least 80 people were killed after a fire broke out in a building where chemicals were stored in Chowk Bazaar in old Dhaka.
Around 50 people were left with injuries in the incident that took firefighters 12 hours to cool the fierce flames. It is alleged that the fire which rapidly spread to nearby buildings broke out when there a traffic jam making escape for victims impossible.
In 2016, a fire caused by a boiler explosion claimed 24 lives after it consumed a packaging factory. At least 111 people were killed in another fire accident at a garment factory near the country’s capital in 2012, it was later discovered that the plant managers had prevented the workers from escaping.
In 2010, at least 120 people were killed after a fire incident in Dhaka while another 27 people were killed and more than 100 injured when a fire tore through a multistory building. According to fire service data, around 1,970 people were killed in about 200,000 fires in the country between 2004 and 2018.