|10 die in Bangladesh garment factory fire
A fire at a garment factory outside the Bangladesh capital Dhaka killed 10 people and others were injured trying to escape, officials said.
Harsh and often unsafe working conditions exist in Bangladesh's garment industry, and authorities and global clothing companies have pledged to improve safety standards there after numerous fatal accidents.
Those killed in the fire today at the Aswad garment factory in Gazipur included the general manager, Rashiduzzaman Mandal, said fire official Zafar Ahmed. He said the fire was doused early today after firefighters labored 10 hours.
Factory director Emdad Hossain said 170 workers were inside the factory when the fire started and most were able to escape. Hossain said he suffered slight injuries himself.
Farhaduzzaman, another fire official, said the fire spread to two buildings that housed garment factories belonging to the Palmal Group of Industries.
Among previous garment industry disasters, the collapse of an eight-story factory building in April killed more than 1,100 people, and a fire last November killed 112 workers.
Bangladesh earns US$20 billion a year from garment exports, mainly to the United States and Europe. The sector employs about 4 million workers, mostly women.--AP