2 killed in Gazipur gas cylinder blast

Two air-conditioner technicians were killed and eight others injured in a gas cylinder explosion at a sweater factory in Memberbari-Baniarchala area under Gazipur Sadar upazila on Sunday evening, reports BSS. 

The deceased were identified as Farhad Hossain, 30, son of Iqbal Hossain hailing from Mirsarai Thana of Chattogram and his assistant Sirajul Islam, 23, son of Abdul Jabbar of hailing from Kalaroa upazila of Satkhira district.

Officer-in-charge (OC) of Joydebpur Police Station Asaduzzaman said the duo was repairing an AC on the ground floor of Eva Sweater Factory.

The gas cylinder exploded around 6:15pm while they were pumping gas to the AC compressor from it. A fire broke out at the factory following the explosion, leaving them injured.

Farhad and Iqbal succumbed to their injuries on the way to hospital, the OC said.

Meanwhile, five workers got injured as they jostled to get out of the factory out of panic following the fire.

Station officer of Joydebpur Fire Service Zakir Hossain said firefighting units rushed to the spot and brought the fire under control.

Machinery and goods of the factory were gutted in the fire, he said.