At least five people were burnt in a fire that originated from an explosion of a gas cylinder at a shop in the capital’s Rampura early Thursday.
The injured -- shop owner Nader Ali, 50 and four workers Siddique, 60, Helal, 50, Nurnabi, 51 and Yusuf, 49, -- are now undergoing treatment at Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery.
He said Nader sustained 43 percent burn, Siddique 74 percent, Helal 85 percent and Nurnabi 42 percent while Yusuf bore 12 percent.
Locals said the cylinder blasted at Rasel Enterprise, a bhangari shop (old iron and other material are bought and sold) at Boubazar at Chowdhurypara in Rampura around 1:45am.
The five were loading a pickup with the bhangaries (iron, plastic and other materials) at that time, an old gas cylinder at the shop blasted, causing the fire, they said.
Al Faruk, duty officer of Fire Service and Civil Defence control room, said that the fire also engulfed to an adjacent garage.
Being informed of the fire, the two units of firefighters were sent to the spot and they doused the flames at 2:12am.