Fire toll reaches 9

Two more fire victims of the disastrous blaze at Jatrabari have succumbed to their injuries raising the death toll to nine.

Rimu begum, 25, of Munshiganj and Shiuli, 25, of Patuakhali died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital in the early hours of Thursday, duty doctors said.

Earlier on Wednesday, seven workers died in the devastating fire at a shoe factory at south Jatrabari in the capital, fire service director general Abu Nayeem Mohammad Shahidullah had told

Those seven bodies were kept at the morgue in the city’s Mitford Hoapital.

A four-member committee has been formed to investigate the cause of the fire, fire service director (operations) Sheikh Mohammad Jalal said. He added that the team already visited the inferno spot.

A total of 35 labourers were working in the factory while the fire broke out, a worker who was admitted to the DMCH, told reporters.

The owner of that factory was not found. Local people said one Selim Mia is the owner of the factory. But he did not appear publicly since the fire broke out.

Jatrabari police station sub-inspector Mohammad Shaheen had said that the fire broke out around 5pm on Wednesday at Baby Solutions, a firm where adhesives are produced for sticking shoe soles.

Eight fire fighting units after more than one hour could douse the fire.

Assistant commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police Mohammad Murad Ali had told “We recovered seven bodies from the tin-shed shanty. The bodies cannot be identified as they were all charred.”

The owners of the factory could not be traced either, he added.

The fire had spread quickly as there had been a large amount of chemical products at the factory, the official said.