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article imageAnother deadly clothing factory fire claims 10 in Bangladesh

By Karen Graham     Oct 9, 2013 in World
Gazipur - Yet another deadly fire has claimed workers in a clothing factory on the outskirts of Bangladesh, a country where garment-making is King and factory owners are Princes.
According to the BBC, Bangladesh garment workers have died in yet another deadly fire Tuesday evening, this time in a clothing factory in Gazipur, near the capital of Dhaka.
Local news media is saying that at least 10 people have been killed and over 50 people have been injured in the blaze. It is not known at this time what may have caused the fire, but it was reported to have started in the knitting area of Aswad Composite Mills.
There are reports that a water shortage, along with an absence of fire stations close by have resulted in the blaze being allowed to get out of control. The fire has reportedly spread to two nearby buildings also housing garment factories belonging to the Palmal Group of Industries.
A local journalist, Iqbal Ahmed who was at the scene said the factory had been shut down all day, but a number of employees were working overtime when the fire started.
Harsh, often brutal and unsafe working conditions are the norm in Bangladesh garment factories, and as a result of these deplorable conditions, safety measures for workers, including improved fire safety standards are still an issue that as yet, is waiting to be addressed.
Inspectors working for retailers and with the Bangladesh government are saying close to 60 percent of the country's 3,000 garment factories have structural issues, some considered to be quite serious. Owners of these factories having serious safety issues are denying there are any problems.
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