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Fourteen dead in oil well blaze in Myanmar

In Uncategorized on October 25, 2010 at 9:38 am

At least 14 people have been killed and 58 more injured in a fire at an oil well in central Myanmar, an official in the military-ruled country said Monday.

Fact file on Myanmar. At least 14 people have been killed and 58 more injured in a fire at an oil well in central Myanmar, an official in the military-ruled country said Monday

The blaze broke out on Sunday near Pakokku town in Magway Region.


“At least 14 people were killed and 58 others injured so far during the incident,” said the official, who did not want to be named. “The local authorities are trying to put out the fire now.”

Source: SGGP

Dhaka blaze kills 117, injures hundreds

In Uncategorized on June 5, 2010 at 6:15 am

DHAKA, June 4, 2010 (AFP) – Bangladeshi firefighters said Friday that an illegal chemical warehouse had fuelled a toxic blaze that ripped through one of Dhaka’s most densely populated areas, killing nearly 120 people.


The deadliest fire in Bangladesh’s 39-year history raged for three hours late Thursday, destroying at least six multi-storey apartment buildings, one of which was hosting a wedding party, and gutting a string of small shops.

Residents and relatives carry the coffins of the previous day’s Old Dhaka fire victims for burial in Dhaka on June 4, 2010. AFP photo

“At least 117 people have died and rescue workers are still finding bodies,” the city’s district administrator Muhibul Haque said.


The fire began when an electrical transformer exploded, with the flames spreading rapidly to a warehouse next door which was illegally storing strong adhesives used to manufacture shoes, fire official Masudur Rahman Akand told AFP.


“The adhesives are incredibly flammable. When the flames hit the chemical warehouse it created a huge fireball which engulfed the surrounding buildings,” he said.


Hundreds of people were trapped in burning buildings as rescue workers struggled to contain the blaze, their work hampered by the narrow lanes of the crowded residential area and the choking, toxic smoke.


“The temperature and fumes became unbearable because of the chemicals,” fire chief Abu Nayeem told AFP.


“We struggled to get inside due to the narrow stairways of the very old buildings. It was almost impossible for us to get firefighting equipment into the area,” he added.


At least six large, residential buildings in old Dhaka, the historic heart of the city, were engulfed by the blaze.


“I heard a huge explosion and then something shot through my window and suddenly our furniture was on fire,” said witness Badal Chandra Barman, who sustained serious burns on his upper body.


“I grabbed by wife and daughter and ran out into the street — but the road itself was burning from the chemicals, we had to run through the flames to escape,” he said.


Witness Younus Haoladar, 38, said the chemical explosion ignited the surrounding buildings so quickly that people did not know what had hit them.


“It was like a volcanic eruption — something like lava was running down the street,” Haoladar told AFP.


“I saw three or four people die in a matter of seconds,” he said.


More than 40 members of the wedding party were among the dead — a toll firefighters attributed to the fact that stoves for cooking the wedding banquet had exploded in the stairwells, cutting off any means of escape.


Army medical teams were called in to help overwhelmed staff at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital — the country’s largest — where most of the hundreds of victims, many with life-threatening injuries, were taken.


“We consider burns to 15 percent of the body to be critical, but the majority of victims today sustained burns to at least 30 percent of their body,” hospital burns unit director Shamanto Lal Sen said.


He said 14 critical patients had been transferred to a nearby military hospital for further treatment.


All off-duty medical personnel were called in and by Friday morning, the wards and corridors of the hospital were overflowing with badly burned patients and weeping relatives.


Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who was scheduled to visit the injured Friday, announced a full investigation into the blaze.


Special prayers will be held across the Muslim-majority country on Saturday, which has been declared a day of national mourning, said Amul Kalam Azad, the prime minister’s press secretary.


Fires due to short-circuits, substandard wiring and electrical faults are common in Bangladesh, where building regulations are rarely enforced.

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Dhaka blaze kills 114, toll set to rise

In Uncategorized on June 4, 2010 at 10:14 am

DHAKA (AFP) – Bangladeshi rescue workers pulled more bodies Friday from the smouldering debris of buildings gutted by a fire that tore through a densely populated area of Dhaka, killing more than 110 people.

Firefighters carry out a victim from burnt houses in Dhaka. AFP photo

The deadliest fire in Bangladesh’s 39-year history raged for three hours late Thursday, destroying a row of multi-storey apartment buildings, one of which was hosting a packed wedding party.


“At least 114 people have died and rescue workers are still finding bodies,” the city’s district administrator Muhibul Haque said.


Dhaka fire department chief Abu Nayeem said the fire had been caused by an electrical fault.


Hundreds of people were trapped in burning buildings as rescue workers struggled to contain the blaze, their work hampered by the narrow lanes of the crowded residential area in Old Dhaka, the historic heart of the city.


At least seven buildings were engulfed, including a bakery with several large gas burners and a string of small shops selling chemicals, as well as cheap, plastic goods.


Witness Younus Haoladar, 38, said the fire had spread through a series of explosions triggered by the stored chemicals and other flammable materials.


“It was like a volcanic eruption — something like lava was running down the street,” Haoladar told AFP.


“I saw three of four people die in a matter of seconds and then, minutes later, an electrical transmitter exploded and the fire spread.”


Firefighter Abduh Momin said the chemical shops had “exploded like a bomb”.


“Drops of burning chemicals hit the surrounding buildings like shrapnel, spreading the blaze very quickly. Scores of people died before they had even realised what was happening,” Momin said.


More than 40 members of the wedding party were among the dead — a toll firefighters attributed to the fact that stoves for cooking the wedding banquet had exploded in the stairwells, cutting off any means of escape.


One witness told AFP: “The bride was spared from the fire as she had been at the local beauty salon.”


Army medical teams were called in to help overwhelmed staff at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital — the country’s largest — where most of the victims, many with life-threatening injuries, were taken.


Hospital director Shamanto Lal Sen said they had tried to transfer stable patients elsewhere and focus on treating 50 critical cases.


All off-duty medical personnel were called in and by Friday morning, the wards and corridors of the hospital were overflowing with badly burned patients and weeping relatives.


Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who was scheduled to visit the injured Friday, announced a full investigation into the blaze.


Special prayers will be held across the Muslim-majority country on Saturday, which has been declared a day of national mourning, said Amul Kalam Azad, the prime minister’s press secretary.


Fire chief Nayeem said initial efforts to stop the fire spreading had been hamstrung by the location and the choking, toxic smoke.


“The temperature and fumes became unbearable because of the chemicals,” he said.


“We struggled to get inside due to the narrow stairways of the very old buildings. It was almost impossible for us to get firefighting equipment into the area,” he added.


Fires due to short-circuits, substandard wiring and electrical faults are common in Bangladesh, where building regulations are rarely enforced.

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Source: SGGP

Firefighters extinguish blaze in Ca Mau forest after three days

In Uncategorized on May 5, 2010 at 4:39 pm




Firefighters extinguish blaze in Ca Mau forest after three days


QĐND – Wednesday, May 05, 2010, 21:39 (GMT+7)

Firefighters have extinguished a fire that broke out in the U Minh Ha forest in southernmost Ca Mau province’s Thoi Binh District on May 2. About 90ha of trees were destroyed in the three-day blaze.


However, the director of U Minh Ha Forestry C, Tran Thanh Su, said there was a high risk that the hot and dry weather could cause the fire to break out again from smouldering charcoal.


“Authorities have placed firefighters on 24-hour duty to extinguish any new outbreaks,” he said.


“Investigations are being carried out to find out the cause of the fire,” Su said.


According to the Department of Forest Management, eight provinces and cities nationwide have been placed on forest-fire alert because of the prolonged hot and dry weather.


An Giang, Binh Dinh, Binh Thuan, Ca Mau and Ninh Thuan provinces are on the highest fire-alert level.


Source: VNS/VOVNews


Source: QDND

Two die in Hanoi apartment building blaze

In Uncategorized on March 24, 2010 at 4:42 am

A fire broke out March 10 in an 18-storey apartment building at Khuat Duy Tien-Le Van Luong intersection in Hanoi leaving two dead and several others injured.









Thick smoke billows out of an 18-storey apartment building March 10 in Hanoi. The inferno left two dead and several others injured. (Photo:Dtinews)


Thick, black smoke began pouring out of the 15th floor at around 6 pm, trapping many people on higher floors who then rushed to balconies for help.


Firefighters and police arrived on the scene around 20 minutes after the inferno broke out. It took six fire trucks until around 7 pm that night to control the flames.


Rescue personnel then conducted a search of the building for trapped victims. Five individuals were later transported to nearby hospitals, two of whom were pronounced dead.


Vuong Lan Phuong, 43 and her 10-year-old son Luu Gia Minh apparently died due to smoke inhalation.

Officials are now investigating the cause of the blaze.





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Blaze at Hanoi warehouse causes billions of dong in damage

In Vietnam Society on December 21, 2009 at 3:57 pm

Fire tore through a 10,000-square-meter warehouse in Hanoi on December 19, causing billions of dong worth of damage.









A warehouse caught fire in Hanoi on December 19 destroying hundreds of goods.(Photo:Tuoi Tre)


The 10-hour blaze broke out at 1am in the warehouse at 20/165 Cau Giay street, where goods from several companies were being stored for the Tet holiday.

No injuries were reported, though hundreds of products including confectionaries, tea, milk, and tobacco were destroyed.

Twenty fire trucks arrived on the scene but the blaze was not brought under control until around 10am the next morning.

According to officials, the fire started at a hotel’s warehouse next door and quickly spread.

According to some reports, the blaze may have been caused by an electrical problem.

Nearby houses were reportedly unaffected by the incident.
 
Police have launched an investigation into the case.


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