At least nine workers received burn injuries in an explosion and fire during the maintenance work in the ICU at Mugda General Hospital in the capital on Thursday.
The victims were admitted to Sheikh Hasina National Burn and Plastic Surgery Institute. Of the victims, staff nurses Rumi Khatun and Mary Akhtar were admitted to the emergency department of the burn Institute.
The explosion occurred in the ICU on the sixth floor of the hospital around 12:30pm, said Khondker Toufique, the personal assistant to the hospital director.
The floor layout at the hospital has the cath lab, ICU and operation theatre next to each other.
On receiving the information, seven firefighting units reached the spot and brought the blaze under control at around 12’58pm.
There were no patients in the ICU at the time, said Mugda Medical College Prof Dr Ahmedul Kabir. All of the injured were hospital workers, he said.
The ICU had previously been occupied by COVID patients, said Mugda Medical Prof Ahmedul Kabir.
“There were no patients there at the time of the incident. Workers were cleaning it.”
The cause of the fire could not be known immediately. Fire service sources said the cause of the fire will be known after an investigation.