Three critically burnt oil tanker crews were moved to the Dhaka Medical College Hospital burn unit on Sunday while a three-member committee was formed to find out the cause behind a blast in the engine room of the oil tanker, MT Anchorage, in the River Kirtankhola Saturday night.
Five crews of MT Anchorage sustained burn injures in the blast during unloading fuel at about 9:30pm on Saturday, officials said.
Severely injured oil tanker crews, Sahidul, Nazmul and Humayun, were admitted to plastic surgery and burn unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital for better treatment, said physicians at Barisal Sher-E-Bangla Medical College Hospital.
The fire service and civil defence formed a three-member probe committee led by its assistant director Faruk Hossain Shikdar, said its Barisal station deputy director Abul Hossain.
Jamuna Oil Company Barisal region manager Habibur Rahaman said that the authority visited the tanker but it was very difficult to transfer petrol and diesel to the depot through another tanker as engine room was damaged by the
The oil tanker loaded with 6.47 lakh litres of diesel and 2.80 lakh litres of petrol from Jamuna depot at Chittagong on February 14 reached Barisal depot on February 16 and started unloading.
Fire service assistant director Faruk said that oil could not spill from the tanker, because the hole developed by blast, was above the level of fuel in the tanker. The tanker became safe as the authorities closed that hole.
The explosion might have taken place from gas packed in the engine room, Faruk added.
Five fire engines doused the flame within an hour and rushed five crews on board to Barisal Sher-E-Bangla Medical College Hospital.
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