Bangladesh garment factory fire kills at least 25, 70 injured

The fire was preceded by an explosion in the boiler room.? Photograph:( Getty )

Tongi, Dhaka Division, Bangladesh Sep 10, 2016, 04.12 AM (IST)

A massive fire broke out Saturday morning in a four-storey garment packaging factory in Ghazipur, just north of the Bangladesh capital, killing at least 25 people, government officials said.

As many as 70 others sustained burn injuries after the fire broke out following a boiler explosion at the factory, AFP reported. 

"The death toll has risen to 25 and at least 70 people have been injured," Parvez Mia, a doctor at the Tongi state-run hospital, told AFP.  "Most of them had burn injuries. We sent the critically injured victims to the hospitals in Dhaka," he said.

"The fire broke out in the morning just when work was about to start," fire official Mohammad Akhtaruzzaman was quoted as saying by Reuters.


Bangladesh is the world's second-biggest apparel exporter after China but fires are common in the factories that make up the $27-billion industry  

About 100 people were working  at the factory in the industrial town of Tongi when flames tore through the building following an explosion in the boiler room. 

"The fire is still not under control," police inspector Sirajul Islam told AFP. Tahmidul Islam of Bangladesh's industrial police unit pointed out chemicals may have been stored on the ground floor of the factory. 

Police say they are concerned many workers may still be trapped inside the building.

Bangladesh is world's second-biggest apparel exporter after China; however, fires and similar accidents are common in the factories that make up the $27-billion garment industry.  

More than 1,100 workers died in a 2013 building collapse that ranks as the country's worst industrial disaster. Earlier in  November 2012, at least 111 workers were killed when a devastating fire engulfed a nine-storey garment factory in the Ashulia industrial area, outside the capital Dhaka.

(WION with inputs from agencies) 


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