Scores injured in Bangladesh factory fire

At least 100 people were injured in a fire at a multi-storey garment factory near the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka on Tuesday, fire service officials said.

Scores injured in Bangladesh factory fire

At least 100 people were injured in a fire at a multi-storey garment factory near the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka on Tuesday, fire service officials said.

"Firefighters are trying to douse the huge blaze and rescuers are retrieving the injured and evacuating trapped workers," said an official monitoring the fire at Ashulia, 25 km (16 miles) north of the capital.

At least 50 people with serious burn injuries were taken to local hospitals. Some of them were injured in a stampede as several hundred workers tried to escape to safety.

Troops from the nearby Savar cantonment joined the rescue operation and Air Force helicopters rescued some trapped people from the roof of the 12-storey building, witnesses said.

"More than 10,000 workers mostly women were on duty, but good luck was that many of them were out for lunch," Arifa Ahmed, an official of the factory owned by Hamim Group, told Reuters.

The fire broke out on the 9th floor and quickly spread. The cause of the fire could not be determined immediately.

Reuters

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