Committee formed to investigate the explosion at Gazipur hotel
Tasmiah Nuhiya Ahmed of DOT
A five member committee has been formed yesterday to investigate the explosion at a hotel in the city’s Board Bazar area that left 18 people injured, reports Dhaka Tribune. These injured people have sustained burn injuries as gas cylinders exploded at the hotel.
Among the injured, 13 were taken to the burn unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) for treatment and the remaining were provided first-aid at Tairunnessa Memorial Medical College and Hospital, said Gazipur Fire Service and Civil Defence Deputy Assistant Director Abdullah Al Mamun, reports Dhaka Tribune.
Being informed of the blast, three units of Tongi Fire Service arrived at the scene. However, before their arrival, locals rescued the injured and took them to the hospital. Mamun said that the explosion destroyed parts of the Banglar Radhuni Hotel and its adjoining Tripti Hotel, injuring at least 17 people at the restaurants. The nearby IFIC Bank suffered the most damage from the blast, reports Dhaka Tribune.
Gazipur Deputy Commissioner SM Tarikul Islam said that a five-member probe committee, including members from fire service, district police and administration, was formed to investigate the cause of the blast and to assess the damages caused, the Dhaka Tribune report reads.
Officials also confirmed that the injured are mostly staff and a few customers of the restaurants.
Gazipur’s Deputy Commissioner ABM Shainul Islam formed the five-member investigation committee. It has been asked to file a report within the next seven working days.
Some of the injured staff said that the explosion took place around 2am when they were getting ready to close the hotel, reports UNB.
Four firefighting units rushed to the spot and extinguished the blaze, said Harun-ur-Rashid, deputy director of Gazipur Fire Service, reports UNB.
Firefighters also rescued a trapped security guard in the hotel.
It is unclear what triggered the explosion, the officer said, the UNB report further suggests.