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A fire in a clothes factory kills at least 120 in Dhaka, Bangladesh

World News Not vetted story Vetted story Dhaka, Bangladesh - 25 November 2012

The death toll from the fire that raged through a clothes factory in Ashulia rose to 110 on Sunday afternoon on November 25, 2012, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Fire Service, Army's Ninth Infantry Division, police, RAB and Border Guard Bangladesh members took part in the rescue. Meanwhile, relatives of the trapped workers thronged the factory area and spent a sleepless night there in the hope of getting their loved ones back alive. In the morning, rescuers started retrieving burnt bodies from inside the building and gathering them at the Nischintopur Government Primary School premises.

Farhaduzzaman, duty officer of fire brigade, said a total of 100 charred bodies were recovered Sunday from three floors of the eight-storey building. Among them, 69 bodies were recovered at 4th floor, 22 at 5th floor and 10 at 6th floor, he said.  The fire brigade official said, It is hard to identify the bodies as those were burnt badly. The bodies were kept at the ground of nearby Nischintapur Primary School.

Meanwhile, relatives and family members were crying, as they failed to identify their near and dear ones among the deceased. The fire that started at Tazreen Fashion near Dhaka Export Processing Zone in Ashulia on Saturday evening came under control around 5:55am Sunday, Farhaduzzaman said. Besides, death toll could rise as several people went missing, he also said. Earlier on Saturday night, nine deaths were recorded. Police, fire-fighters and witnesses on Saturday said those killed in the incident did not suffer burns, but they died after jumping off different floors of the eight-storey Tazreen Fashion at Nischintapur in a bid to escape the blaze that started on the ground floor around 6:50pm.

Bangladesh is the second largest exporter of readymade garments after China and clothes account for up to 80 percent of Bangladesh's $24billion annual export.

In December 2010, at least 25 people were killed in fire in the same industrial area. On Feb 23, 2006 a fire in the KTS Textiles and Garments had claimed 54 lives in Chittagong. 

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