Bangladesh depot fire kills 49, including 9 firefighters

More than 300 people were injured, and two firefighters are missing


By Leila Merrill

SITAKUNDA, Bangladesh — At least 49 people, including nine firefighters, were killed in a fire at a container depot in southeastern Bangladesh over the weekend. More than 300 other people were injured, CNN reported.

The fire began Saturday night at the BM Container Depot in Sitakunda and continued burning Sunday.

Firefighters work to contain a fire that broke out at the BM Inland Container Depot, a Dutch-Bangladesh joint venture, in Chittagong early Sunday.
Firefighters work to contain a fire that broke out at the BM Inland Container Depot, a Dutch-Bangladesh joint venture, in Chittagong early Sunday. (Photo/Associated Press)

Two firefighters are still missing.

The cause is undetermined, but fire service officials said the blaze may have originated from a vessel of hydrogen peroxide.

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