Second fire hits Bangladesh garment factory

PUBLISHED : Monday, 26 November, 2012, 1:29pm
UPDATED : Monday, 26 November, 2012, 5:08pm

Bangladesh firefighters on Monday quelled a blaze at a 12-storey building housing four different garment factories in Dhaka, days after a fire killed 110 textile workers in a different facility.

Some workers had been trapped on the roof by the new fire, but authorities said that although they were still searching the building, they believed most had escaped and there were no reported deaths.

“We don’t have any casualties but the firefighters will search the building and see whether anyone has been suffocated,” Dhaka deputy commissioner of police Nisharul Arif told reporters.

“Most workers broke grills in the upper floors and escaped to a safe location at an adjacent building.”

Thousands of garment workers staged protests on Monday demanding better protection after the deadly inferno on Saturday night that trapped more than 1,000 workers and forced many to jump from windows and roofs.