At least 49 people died in a fire that triggered a massive chemical explosion at a container depot in Sitakunda, Bangladesh. More than 300 people were also injured in the accident.
At least 49 people were killed and more than 300 injured in a fire that triggered a massive chemical explosion at a container depot in Sitakunda, Bangladesh.
The death toll was expected to rise as some of the injured were in critical condition. Volunteer rescuers, some wearing only flip-flops, were pulling bodies out of the charred, debris-strewn depot, and said there were still bodies inside.
The fire broke out Saturday night in a private warehouse in Sitakunda, about 40 kilometers from the major port of Chittagong in southeast India. Hundreds of firefighters rushed to the scene to extinguish it, but within an hour of the fire breaking out, several containers of chemicals exploded.
The huge explosion shook buildings several kilometers away.