Dhaka, Nov 17: At least seven people have died after a gas pipeline exploded in a Chattrogram’s Pahtarghata.
The incident took place on the ground floor of a building in Patharghata Brick Field Road on Sunday morning, said Kotwali Police Station OC Md Mohsin.
The authorities subsequently took 19 people to Chattogram Medical College Hospital for treatment, among whom, seven were pronounced dead by doctors, said the OC.
Pedestrians also suffered injuries after the outer walls of the building collapsed during the explosion. A shop just across from the building was also damaged in the blast.
The gas riser of the building is located beside the boundary wall on the ground floor of the structure where the explosion occurred, Purnachandra Mutsuddi, deputy director of Chattogram Fire Service and Civil Defence, told UNI.
Maybe there was a problem with the gas riser. Perhaps gas had accumulated there as a result of a leak. Someone may have lit a fire in the house which triggered the explosion.
“The explosion occurred upon lighting a matchstick in the prayer room,” said Hasan Shahriar Kabir, the divisional director of Chattogram health directorate, citing injured residents Shandhya Nath and Arpita Nath.
The current owners of the four-storey building, Amal Barua and Titu Barua, live on the top floor.
The explosion shook up the entire building, said third-floor resident and school teacher Anjan Kanti Das, adding that his windows were shattered while items in his house fell on the floor. (UNI)