112 Died In Fire at Bangladesh Garment Factory

This is the second incident that occurred in 2 years. The first one was the fire that started in a chemical factory in Dhaka in 2010 and end with the death of more than 104 people, this time another factory (fashion factory) caught on fire.

More than 100 workers were killed when a fierce blaze tore through a busy garment factory in Bangladesh.

Firefighters battled for several hours to control the fire, which broke out in the ground-floor warehouse of the nine-story Tazreen Fashion factory, 30 kilometres (18 miles) north of the capital Dhaka on Saturday evening.

Survivors told how panicked staff, mostly women, desperately tried to escape the blazing building, which made clothes for international brands including Dutch chain C&A and the Hong Kong-based Li & Fung company.

“There were more than 1,000 workers trapped in the factory,” one worker who gave her name only as Romesa, 42, told local media from her hospital bed.

“I jumped from a window on the fourth floor and found myself on the third-story roof of another building. Several people fell out of the window and died.”

The operations director of the fire brigade, Major Mahbub, who uses one name, told AFP that the death toll had been lowered on Sunday morning to 104 from 121.

“There was some double counting as different fire teams were working on different floors,” he said.

“But now we have a total of 104 dead bodies including several who jumped to their deaths. Most bodies were found on the second floor. Most died of suffocation.”

The cause was not immediately known but fires as a result of short circuits and shoddy electrical wiring are common in Bangladeshi garment factories, which use cheap labor to produce clothes shipped to Western countries.