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Deadly fire in Bangladesh factory

09 May 2013, 10:26

Dhaka - A fire broke out in an 11-storey building housing a garment factory and apartments in Bangladesh's capital, killing at least eight people, officials said on Thursday.

The fire started on Wednesday night, not long after the roughly 300 workers at the Tung Hai Sweater Ltd. factory went home for the day, fire official Nazrul Islam said. It burned parts of the first and second floors, which housed the factory, and parts of the third, which housed apartments.

By early on Thursday, firefighters had found eight people dead, Islam said. It was not immediately clear how many of the dead were tenants of the building.

The fire comes just two weeks after a factory building housing garment factories collapsed in Bangladesh, killing more than 900 people and again raising concerns about safety measures in the country's $20bn garment industry. A fire at a garment factory in November killed 112 people.

Bhajan Kumar Sarkar, another fire official, said the managing director of the factory that burned on Wednesday night, Mahbubur Rahman, and a police official were among the dead. All the dead had been found in the stairwell, he said.

Sarkar said they took more than three hours to take the blaze under control.

- AP


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