Bangladesh: Eight Killed in Factory Fire; Collapse Toll Hits 1,000

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This article was updated Friday morning with the latest figures.

At least eight people perished Wednesday when a blaze raced through a garment factory in Bangladesh. The fire comes just weeks after the building collapse at Rana Plaza claimed more than 1,000 lives.

Wednesday’s fire hit an 11-story industrial and residential complex in Dhaka, the capital. The factory, which was closed when the flames took hold, occupied the first two floors with dwellings situated above. A police official and the factory owner are reportedly among the dead.

The latest incident is yet another reminder of the dangers facing workers in Bangladesh’s export-driven garment industry. Bangladesh has notoriously poor workplace inspection mechanisms, and repeated attempts to institute minimum safety regulations have been thwarted in the name of profit.

(MORE: Dying for Some New Clothes: Bangladesh’s Rana Plaza Tragedy)

Just before 9 a.m. on April 24, the eight-story Rana…

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