At least two people died and seven others suffered burn injuries after a fire broke out at the state-run Meghna Oil depot in Khalishpur industrial area of Khulna city on Monday.
According to the depot officials, the dead were Kamal Sharif, 45, a metreman, and Razu, 27.
Khalishpur police station’s sub-inspector Kazi Babul Hossain said that all the nine injured were rushed to Khulna Medical College Hospital where the duty doctor declared Kamal and Raju dead.
Among the injured, Ismail, Rubel and Sujon were referred to Dhaka Medical College Hospital and Anwar Hossain, Anu, Md Wahab and Nur Nabi were now getting treatment at KMCH burn unit, Babul said.
Ismail, Anwar and Anu were depot staffers while the others were helpers to oil-lorry drivers, said a depot official.
The lorries were being loaded with octane and diesel from the depot when the fire broke out around 10:45am.
The reason of the fire could not be known immediately.
On information, eight units of fire fighters from Boyra, Daulatpur and Khalishpur stations rushed to the spot and brought the fire under control after an hour’s effort.
Khalishur fire service officer Md Shafiqul Islam said that at least three lorries carrying 32,000 litres of petrol were burnt due to the fire.
Meghna Petroleum’s Khulna depot assistant general manager SM Abdullah said that all the nine delivery points of the depot were totally damaged by the fire.
He said that a five-member probe committee was formed to investigate the incident.
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