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Many dead in Bangladesh factory fire

Many dead in Bangladesh factory fire
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By Catherine Hardy
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Police and eyewitnesses says dozens have been taken to hospital. Firefighters are struggling to control the blaze in the four-storey building.

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At least 23 people have been killed in a fire at a packaging factory in Bangladesh.

Police and eyewitnesses says dozens have been taken to hospital. Firefighters are struggling to control the blaze in the four-storey building.

Where did it happen?

Fire in Bangladesh Clothing Factory Kills 10 https://t.co/irgBL2hA2spic.twitter.com/3klaolZ5FY

— Voice of America (@VOANews) September 10, 2016

In the industrial zone of Tongi, 20 kilometres north of Dhaka, the Bangladeshi capital.

How many people were in the building?

Around 100, officials say.

What started the fire?

#UPDATE At least 15 people are killed in a huge fire triggered by a boiler explosion at a Bangladeshi factory https://t.co/Z2iu30sLd4

— AFP news agency (@AFP) September 10, 2016

Boiler explodes and triggers a fire at a packaging factory in Bangladesh, killing 23 people and injuring dozens. https://t.co/yYSgjGgkew

— The Associated Press (@AP) September 10, 2016

It is not clear yet.

Experts say poor fire protection systems are common in factories in Bangladesh.

More than 1,100 workers died in a clothing factory collapse in 2013.

The Rana Plaza is ranked as the country’s worst industrial disaster.

Ready-made garments are the mainstay of the Bangladeshi economy. The export market was worth 28 billion dollars during the fiscal year that ended in June.

What they are saying

“The fire broke out in the morning just when work was about to start,” – Mohammad Akhtaruzzaman, fire official.

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