Ten killed in fresh garment factory fire

Ten killed in fresh garment factory fire

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Ten people were killed in a fierce fire at a readymade garment (RMG) factory in Beraida Chala area of Sreepur upazila of Gazipur on Tuesday evening.
Three of the deceased were identified as Rasheduzzaman, 30, assistant general manager (AGM) of Aswad Composite Factory of Palmal Group, and two workers Nayeem, 25, and Raju, 30.Gazipur police superintendent Abdul Baten said he heard about the recovery of nine bodies from the fire-ravaged factory.
Fire brigade sources said the fire originated from the first floor of the five-storey factory around 6 pm and it soon spread to other floors.
On information, 10 firefighting units from Gazipur, Bhaluka, Tongi, Kaliakoir and Savar EPZ fire service stations rushed to the spot. The fire was brought under control after 10 hours of fighting. It remained unclear what actually caused the fire.
The fire damaged huge yarns, fabrics and produced clothes. Emdad Haq, director of the factory, said the fire broke out after the duty hours. He also announced to provide instantly Tk, 30,000 to each of the family of those killed in the fire and bear the expenses for burial.
In November last year, around 112 workers were killed in a severe fire at Tazreen Fashion at Nischintapur of Ashulia while eight others at Smart Export Garment Ltd fire in the city’s Mohammadpur area in January this year.
A total of 1,133 people were killed as Rana Plaza, an eight-storey commercial building that housed five garment factories, collapsed in April this year.
In June this year, the US scrapped Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) facility for Bangladesh until the country improves workers’ safety conditions in the clothing industry.
About the reason for cancellation of the GSP facility, US Ambassador to Bangladesh Dan Mozena had said that the US taken the action due to the Rana Plaza collapse and Tazreen fire incident. – adapted from UNB

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