Dhaka, Oct. 8 (AP): A fire today at a garment factory outside Dhaka has killed at least nine persons, an official said.
Fire official Zafar Ahmed said nine bodies were found inside the four-storey building housing the Aswad garment factory in Gazipur outside Dhaka. Local journalist Iqbal Ahmed said from the scene that the fire occurred when the factory was closed for the day, but some employees were still inside working overtime.
Television footage showed the top three floors of the building on fire as dozens of firefighters tried to bring the blaze under control. The cause of the fire was not immediately known.
Harsh and often unsafe working conditions in Bangladesh’s garment industry drew global attention after the collapse of an eight-storey factory building in April killed more than 1,100 people. The industry has experienced numerous fires, including one last November that killed 112 workers.
Bangladesh earns $20 billion a year from garment exports, mainly to the US and Europe. The sector employs about 4 million workers, mostly women. Authorities in Bangladesh and global clothing companies have pledged to improve safety standards.