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Bangladesh Factory Fire: Conflagration Kills More Than 100

Posted by on Nov. 25, 2012 at 12:52 PM
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Bangladesh Factory Fire: Conflagration Kills More Than 100

Reuters | Posted: 11/24/2012 11:26 pm EST Updated: 11/25/2012 10:05 am EST

Bangladesh Factory Fire
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By Anis Ahmed and Ruma Paul

DHAKA, Nov 25 (Reuters) - Fire swept through a garment factory on the outskirts of Bangladesh's capital killing more than 100 people, the fire brigade said on Sunday, in the country's worst-ever factory blaze.

Working conditions at Bangladeshi factories are notoriously poor, with little enforcement of safety laws, and overcrowding and locked fire doors are common. The cause of this fire was not immediately known.

The blaze at the nine-storey Tazreen Fashion factory in the Ashulia industrial belt of Dhaka started on the ground floor late on Saturday and spread, trapping hundreds of workers.

"So far, the confirmed death toll is 109, including nine who died by jumping from the building," Mizanur Rahman, deputy director of the fire brigade, told Reuters.

Witnesses said the workers, mostly women, ran for safety as the fire engulfed the plant but were unable to get through narrow exits.

"Many jumped out from the windows and were injured, or died on the spot," Milon, a resident, said.


Most of the bodies were burnt beyond recognition and authorities had started burials while mourning relatives scrambled to find their loved ones, officials and witnesses said.

Unofficial sources put the number of dead at more than 120. Most of the bodies were found on the second floor, Rahman said.

Bangladesh has around 4,500 garment factories and is the world's biggest exporter of clothing after China, with garments making up 80 percent of its $24 billion annual exports.

This was the highest ever death toll in a Bangladeshi factory fire. In 2006, 84 people were killed in a blaze in the southern port of Chittagong where fire exits had been blocked.

More than 300 factories near the capital shut for almost a week earlier this year as workers demanded higher wages and better working conditions. (Editing by Nick Macfie)

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annabl1970
by Platinum Member on Nov. 25, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Horrible tragedy, could be avoided!

Prayers to victims and their families.

 

annabl1970
by Platinum Member on Nov. 25, 2012 at 12:56 PM

This is XXI century Triangle Fire

Poor people. It's horrible horrible way to die.

macbudsmom
by Silver Member on Nov. 25, 2012 at 12:59 PM
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Thankful our unions have brought about the safety regs that keep our factory workers relatively safe here in the US.
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annabl1970
by Platinum Member on Nov. 25, 2012 at 1:12 PM
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Agree.

It is tragedy, but I hope it helps Bangladesh government and factories owners to make positive changes to working conditions in their buildings.

P.C. Who in his right mind locks fire doors???

Quoting macbudsmom: the

Thankful our unions have brought about the safety regs that keep our factory workers relatively safe here in the US.


LauraKW
by "Dude!" on Nov. 25, 2012 at 1:19 PM

 How horrible!

caito
by Silver Member on Nov. 25, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Oh that's just terrible. :(

annabl1970
by Platinum Member on Nov. 25, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Yes. I can't imagine the pain they went through before they died, and what their families is going through now. Most bodies are not recognizable :(

Quoting caito:

Oh that's just terrible. :(


annabl1970
by Platinum Member on Nov. 25, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Yes indeed very horrible. It's even more horrible, because it could be avoided.

Quoting LauraKW:

 How horrible!


mikiemom
by Ruby Member on Nov. 25, 2012 at 2:04 PM
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I agree, the US companies that use labor from these companies should be fined out of existance.

Quoting macbudsmom:

Thankful our unions have brought about the safety regs that keep our factory workers relatively safe here in the US.


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