Over 100 die in fire at textile factory in Bangladesh

Published November 25, 2012


Around 120 people died and about 100 others were injured in a fire at an eight-story textile factory near Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh.

The fire broke out Saturday night at the Tazreen Fashion factory and spread quickly through the building in the export processing zone outside Dhaka.

Officials initially said nine people died in the blaze, but firefighters found many other bodies once they brought the fire under control and entered the factory.

About 100 workers were hurt in the fire, with at least a dozen people listed in critical condition, The Daily Star newspaper reported, citing hospital officials.

"We suspect that the fire started due to a short-circuit, but we will not be certain under the investigation is completed," fire chief Brig. Gen. Abu Nayeem Mohammad Shahidula said.

Firefighters have found 111 bodies inside the factory, a fire department spokesman told Efe.

Other officials, meanwhile, told The Daily Star that the death toll stands at 124.

"Perhaps there are more because the search operation is continuing. The problem is that access to the building is bad and fire department vehicles could not get there," former deputy fire chief Selim Newaj Bhuiyal told Efe.

This is one of the worst fires in Bangladesh's history, but not the first to claim more than 100 dead.

A blaze killed at least 117 people in the old quarter of Dhaka two years ago when a transformer exploded. EFE