Published:  01:21 AM, 14 September 2019

Fire at electronics factory in Gazipur

Fire at electronics factory in Gazipur A fire blazed through a six-storey electronics factory of Minister Hi-Tech Park Ltd in Gazipur's Dhirasram area for several hours on Friday. -AA

Firefighters have doused a fire that blazed through an electronics factory in Gazipur's Dhirasram area for several hours.

The flames broke out in the six-storey factory of Minister Hi-Tech Park Ltd, a sister concern of Myone Electronics, around 7.15 am on Friday before spreading to an adjacent six-storey building, according  to firefighters, reports

Sixteen units of the fire service subsequently tamed the fire at 12.54 pm.The fire originated in a warehouse on the building's top floor but its cause and the extent of damages could not be determined immediately, said Md Mamunur Rashid, assistant deputy director of the fire service in Gazipur.

The factory lacked adequate fire safety measures, said Md Saleh Uddin, assistant director of the fire service headquarters, adding, "We are trying to douse the flames using the water supply of Mark Wear Limited next door."

Md Motalib Mia, assistant inspector general of Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishment, told at the scene, "This factory didn't carry out fire drills on a regular basis. Having a warehouse on the sixth floor is also against regulations."

"We'd sent the factory authorities a notice around 20 to 25 days ago over their failure to install fire alarms and adequate safety equipment in the building. But they didn't respond to it. As a result, the factory inspection department will take appropriate measures against them."

MA Razzak Khan, the chairman of Myone Electronics and Minister Hi-Tech Park Ltd, skirted questions on the issue of fire safety measures in the building but said, "Factory operations were closed at the time. We don't know how the fire broke out on the sixth floor."

The company's Head of Media KMG Kibria said various home appliances manufactured in the factory were stored on the sixth floor. But he could not provide an estimate of the value of the goods.

Aside from refrigerators and televisions, the factory also produces other electronic goods such as rice cookers and irons, said the company's DGM (Accounts and Finance) Md Rafiqul Islam. The factory employs around 2,000 workers but its operations were closed on Friday, he said.

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