Bangladesh Factory Fire: Death Toll Increases to 31.

The explosion which occurred at a packaging factory in Bangladesh last Saturday recorded a total of 15 deaths on first count. Over 70 persons sustained various degrees of injuries.

Subsequent reports confirmed the inferno in the Tongi industrial zone – about 20 km (12 miles) north of the capital, Dhaka – was caused by a boiler explosion and not an act of terrorism.

Image shows a scene at the factory after the explosion.

The unfortunate incident has recorded an increased number of casualties as of September 12. Reports say the death toll currently stands at 31 with more survivors still on life support.

On Sunday, MSN reported this inferno remains the country’s worst industrial accident since the Rana Plaza building collapse of 2013 in which over 1,100 people died.

Emergency officials feared the death toll could climb even higher as more bodies are being pulled out from the debris.

Tampaco Foils Ltd. has been named as the owner of the factory where the deadly explosion occurred. The factory produced and printed the plastic packaging for food items such as potato chips and small household goods including mosquito coils.

Image shows a scene from the explosion site.

Twenty-three workers died immediately. Six more bodies were recovered Sunday evening, and two others were found overnight as firefighters cleared the debris, said local chief administrator S.A. Alam.

At least eight workers were still missing Monday, Alam said, adding that the search for bodies would continue while authorities try to determine what caused the explosion.

Thirteen people are being treated for burn injuries at the Dhaka Medical College and Hospital, including six in critical condition, Mohammed Bacchu Mia, a police officer at the hospital, said Monday.

Anxious relatives crowded the hospital Monday looking for their family members.

Rajesh Babu, who worked as a cleaner at the factory, has not been seen since Saturday, said his mother, Mina Rani Dey.

“He came to work early in the morning on Saturday. He has not returned,” Dey said, sobbing as she held a photograph of her son. “His father has become sick because our son has not returned.”