Bangladesh factory fire death toll soars to 121– fire chief
DHAKA – The death toll from a fire at a Bangladeshi factory soared to at least 121 as rescue workers recovered 112 bodies Sunday, the national fire chief told AFP.
“We’ve found 112 dead bodies this morning,” fire brigade director general Brigadier General Abu Nayeem Mohammad Shahidullah told AFP.
“We resumed our search this morning and found the bodies lying on different floors of the factory building,” he said.
The fire broke out in the ground-floor warehouse of the multi-storey Tazreen Fashion factory 30 kilometers (18 miles) north of Dhaka on Saturday evening, trapping hundreds of workers on the upper floors, police said.
Police inspector Mostofa Kamal had previously told AFP that nine workers died and about 100 workers were injured.
Kamal said many workers jumped from the factory’s upper floors to escape the flames before firefighters arrived to put the blaze out.
The cause was not immediately known but fires as a result of short circuits and shoddy electrical wiring are common in Bangladeshi garment plants, which use cheap labour to produce clothes shipped to Western countries.
Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of INQUIRER.net. We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City,Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94