Seven dead in new Bangladesh factory fire

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SRIPUR: A huge fire at a Bangladeshi factory where workers were making clothes for labels such as Gap and H&M has killed seven people in the latest disaster to blight the country’s garment industry.

Firefighters battled through the night to douse the flames at the Aswad Knit Composite factory at Sripur, on the outskirts of the capital Dhaka. Parts of the two-story building were still smouldering on Wednesday.

Police said that the fire was so intense that most of the bodies that have been recovered were too badly burned to be identified.

Workers said the blaze, which broke out on Tuesday evening, appeared to have been started by a malfunctioning knitting machine, which had caught fire on a number of previous occasions.


Revising an earlier death toll, which put the number of dead at nine, local police chief Amir Hossain said seven bodies had been recovered after a thorough search of the building.

“Two bodies have been identified and handed over to their relatives. Five other bodies were charred beyond recognition,” he said.

Hossain said that the fire was now “under control” although parts of the building were still smouldering.

A fire at the Tazreen garment factory in Dhaka killed 111 workers in November the country’s worst such incident.

AFP

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