A booster machine explosion, not the boiler explosion, caused the deadly fire at Tampaco Foils Factory in Tongi, Titas Gas officials now suspect after initial investigation.
Immediately after the explosion it was primarily thought that a boiler explosion caused the devastating fire which claimed 34 lives and left 40 others injured and many of them seriously.
“Two boilers of the factory were found to be intact,” boiler inspector Md Sharafat Ali told reporters on Tuesday, reports bdnews24.com.
A member of the committee formed by the Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company to investigate the Tampaco fire revealed the new findings of their investigation on Tuesday. The committee was formed on Sept 15, five days after the explosion.
"Not the boiler explosion, there was another reason behind the fire," Ali said adding “it was the explosion in the booster machine that caused such devastation.”
The Titas official alleges Tampaco had set up one of the two boilers without permission of the Office of the Chief Inspector of Boilers.
Manager of the state-run gas distributor company, Ajit Chandra Deb, told reporters that Tampaco had also set up a 'booster pump machine illegally' to extract gas from the pipeline.
Titas officials said the factory might have set up the booster to pull gas needed for the unauthorised extra boiler and a thermo fluid heater.
General Manager for Dhaka Metro North of Titas Gas, Rana Akbar Haider, who is heading the three-member panel, also expressed the same suspicion.
He, however, declined to provide further details before the investigation ends.
"We'll say everything in our report," he said without giving any date when the investigation might complete. –RH