Dhaka Bangladesh clothes factory fire kills more than 100

Source: BBC

More than 100 people are now known to have died in a fire that swept through a clothes factory in Bangladesh, local officials say.

The blaze broke out late on Saturday in the multi-floor Tazreen Fashion factory in the Ashulia district on the outskirts of the capital Dhaka.

Some people died after jumping from the building to escape the flames.

It is unclear what caused the fire, which started on the ground floor trapping many victims in the factory.

Officials suspect an electrical short circuit might have caused the disaster.

Firefighters managed to contain the blaze on Sunday morning.

Fatal fires are common in Bangladesh’s large garment manufacturing sector, and the BBC’s Anbarasan Ethirajan in Dhaka says Western companies are likely to renew pressure on the local businesses to improve safety.

In a separate development, at least 13 people died when a flyover under construction collapsed late on Saturday in the south-eastern city of Chittagong, police said.

The authorities are investigating both accidents.  Read further.

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