TONGI FACTORY FIRE: Army dog squad’s search for bodies draws blank

Staff Correspondent

Search by Bangladesh Army’s dog squad Thursday found not a single body in the debris of the collapsed factory building of Tampaco Foils Limited at Tongi.
Despite though search from the midday to 4 PM, four dogs deployed by the army no more bodies were found, Fire Service deputy assistant director Akhteruzzaman Liton told reporters on the spot.
He said that the joint search and clean up operations by Bangladesh Army and the e Fire Service and Civil Defence were still on.
He said that the devastating fire that broke out at the Tampaco factory on September 10 killed 39 and left 10 missing and dozens of workers injured.
Out of 39 bodies found, he said, nine could not be unidentified until now. He said that the rescuers believed that the nine bodies could be of the missing workers.
Rescuers said that they were searching the collapsed buildings, stored with chemicals, very carefully as explosions could occur in them.
The army-led search and cleanup operation continued keeping the roads behind the factory closed to pedestrians and traffic for the 20th day on Thursday.
Tampaco produced flexible packaging materials since 1978.
Tampaco factory fired which took place on September 10 was the largest factory fire in Bangladesh since November 24, 2012 when Tazreen apparel factory fire at Savar killed at least 112 workers.
Probes by a committee formed by Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Limited indicated that chemical explosions could have caused the devastating fire at Tampaco factory.

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