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10 killed in Bangladesh garment factory fire

Haroon Habib
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Cause not yet known; 170 workers were inside, most of them rescued

Looking for survivors:A firefighter inspects the garment factory in Sreepur upazila, Gazipur, 40 km north of the capital Dhaka, on Wednesday. — PHOTO: REUTERS
Looking for survivors:A firefighter inspects the garment factory in Sreepur upazila, Gazipur, 40 km north of the capital Dhaka, on Wednesday. — PHOTO: REUTERS

At least 10 garment workers including some of the factory’s officials were killed and many injured in a devastating fire at a garment factory in Sreepur upazila, Gazipur, on the outskirts of Dhaka, on Tuesday.

The fire originated in the dyeing section of Aswad Composite Mills owned by the Palmal Group.

The cause of the blaze is yet to be ascertained. However, eyewitnesses said, the flame spread to a chemical store on the first floor and in no time engulfed the two floors.

Firemen recovered seven bodies from the ground floor and two from the second floor of the two-storey factory. Police said most of the bodies were charred beyond recognition.

At least 170 workers were on duty on the two floors when the fire broke out.

Probe panel

Officials claimed most of the workers had managed to escape from the building. The authorities formed a seven-member probe panel to investigate the incident and directed it to submit its report within seven days.

The latest tragedy occurred at a time when Bangladesh is reeling from the deadly Rana Plaza building collapse on April 24 at Savar, where 1,132 garment workers were killed and the Tazreen Fashions fire at Ashulia that left 112 workers killed on November 24 last year.


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