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2 die from shipyard fire

Two workers have died among the three who suffered burn injuries in an explosion at a ship-breaking yard.

2 die from shipyard fire
18 January 2011 - 14:40

 Two workers have died among the three who suffered burn injuries in an explosion at a ship-breaking yard at Sitakunda. 

'Nirad', 32, and 'Rubel', 30, died around 3pm on Tuesday at Chittagong Medical College Hospital, assistant registrar of the burns unit S Khaled told bdnews24.com. 

Three workers were injured in the accident that took place on the Mac Corporation Yard's abandoned ship 'Pranam,' around 10:30am.  One Abul Kashem is the owner of the yard.  Sitakunda police chief Noor Mohammad said the abandoned ship caught fire when its boiler exploded around 10:30am.

"The tremor from the explosion was felt in the adjacent two or three kilometre radius," he added.  "I've heard that 20-25 workers were working on the ship," he said. Locals and firemen sent the burnt workers to the hospital, he added. 

Witnesses said the fire could not be doused out until 12pm and that firemen were still trying to rescue other workers, who were reportedly stranded on the ship.  Local journalist Soumitra Chakraborty told bdnews24.com that agitated family members of the workers and locals had gathered outside the yard. 

At one stage, they engaged in chase and counter chase with the police, he added.

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