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21 Killed In Deadly Garment Factory Fire

In Bangladesh, at least 21 people were killed while dozens others were injured, after a fire broke out in a garment packaging factory in Tongi on Saturday.

Director of fire and civil defence, Anis Ahamed several bodies had been recovered from the five-story Tampaco Foils Limited factory in the industrial area outside Dhaka.

He said the fire broke out just when work was about to start in the four-storey building, with around 100 people in it.

The explosion was huge and that the fire triggered by the blast spread quickly because flammable chemicals were stored at the factory.

The cause of the fire in the industrial zone was not immediately known.

The accident took place as Bangladesh was preparing for a weeklong holiday for the Islamic festival of Eid Al-Adha that falls on Tuesday.

Unfortunately, due to weak fire protection systems, deadly fire and accidents are common in Bangladesh’s billion-dollar garment industry.

In 2013, more than 1000 workers died in the country’s worst industrial disaster when an eight story commercial building collapsed in Dhaka.