Bangladesh factory blaze kills 25, injures 100

Author: Munir Uz Zaman, Agence France Presse, Published on: 14 December 2010

A raging fire on Tuesday tore through a huge Bangladeshi garment factory that makes clothes for Western shops including Gap, killing at least 25 workers and injuring 100 more. Many of the dead were killed after they jumped from the building in a desperate attempt to escape the inferno, police and witnesses said, while workers said some exit doors were locked. The multi-storey plant in the industrial hub of Ashulia, 25 kilometres north of the capital Dhaka, is owned by one of the country's largest exporters, Hameem Group...Some 14,000 workers are employed at the factory, said Sunil Kumar Sarkar, a senior official at the Hameem Group, who confirmed that the group produces clothes primarily for American brands including Gap and JC Penney. "We are lucky in some ways that the fire started during lunch break because many workers go outside at that point. But it is still terrible, and we are concerned some workers are still inside," he told AFP.

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