Bangladesh factory fire kills 112 in Dhaka

Blaze broke out at the seven-storey factory on Saturday and firefighters recovered more than 100 bodies on Sunday morning
Associated Press in Dhaka

guardian.co.uk, Sunday 25 November 2012

Bangladesh factory fire

A firefighter tries to control a fire at a garment factory in Savar on the outskirts of Dhaka Photograph: ANDREW BIRAJ/REUTERS

At least 112 people have been killed in a fire that raced through a multi-storey garment factory just outside of Bangladesh‘s capital, Dhaka.

The blaze broke out at the seven-storey factory operated by Tazreen Fashions late on Saturday. By Sunday morning, firefighters had recovered 100 bodies, fire department operations director major Mohammad Mahbub said.

He said another 12 people who had suffered injuries after jumping from the building to escape the fire later died at hospitals.

The death toll could rise as the search for victims was continuing, he said.

Mahbub said army soldiers and border guards had been deployed to help police keep the situation under control as thousands of anxious relatives of the factory workers gathered at the scene.

He would not say how many people were still missing.

Bangladesh has some 4,000 garment factories, many without proper safety measures. The country annually earns about $20 billion from exports of garment products, mainly to the United States and Europe.

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