At least 49 dead in 2nd day of Bangladesh cargo depot fire

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) – A massive fire at a container depot near a port city in southeastern Bangladesh has killed at least 49 people including nine firefighters and injured more than 100 others. Firefighters on Sunday struggled as the blaze continued into a second night.

The inferno at the BM Inland Container Depot, a Dutch-Bangladesh joint venture, broke out around midnight Saturday following explosions in a container full of chemicals. The cause of the fire could not be immediately determined.

The depot is located near the country’s main Chittagong Seaport, 134 miles southeast of the capital, Dhaka. The area’s civil surgeon says the death toll could still rise.

Explosives experts from Bangladesh’s military have been called in to assist the firefighters.