Eight killed in Dhaka garment factory fire

Last Updated: Thu, May 09, 2013 14:00 hrs

Dhaka, May 9 (IANS) At least eight people were killed and 10 others injured in a fire Thursday at an 11-storeyed garment factory here in the Bangladeshi capital, officials said.

Fire service official Bhan Sarker told Xinhua the blaze broke out at the closed Tun Hai garment factory around 11 p.m. Wednesday and fire-fighters managed to douse the blaze around 3 a.m. Thursday.

Several people were rescued alive from the building and rushed to hospitals.

Police said one deputy inspector general was among the dead.

Fire officials have not yet been able to ascertain the cause of the fire, but most garment factory fires in Bangladesh in the past have resulted from electrical short circuit.

In one of the devastating fire incidents in the country, more than 900 people died in a blaze at an eight-storey garment factory building in April. More than 2,400 people were rescued.

Bangladesh is one of the top garment exporters in the world and around four million workers are employed in the industry.

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