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Seven dead in Bangladesh garment factory blaze

BY: Samuel K. Obour

A fire has swept through a garment factory in the Bangladesh capital, Dhaka, killing at least seven people.

Officials said the blaze took place overnight in the Mirpur industrial district.

It comes with the issue of industrial safety in Bangladesh under intense scrutiny following the collapse of an eight-storey building late last month.

On Wednesday officials said the number of people confirmed dead in the disaster had now passed 800.

Reports suggested that a police officer and the owner of the factory were amongst the seven killed in Wednesday's blaze.

They were believed to be holding a meeting in the 11-storey building when the fire broke out.

"It is not clear to us how the accident happened, but we are trying to find out the cause," Mohammad Atiqul Islam, president of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association, told Reuters news agency.

Two weeks ago Bangladesh was hit by its biggest industrial disaster, with the collapse of the Rana Plaza building on 24 April - which has sparked outrage among workers.

On Wednesday, Bangladesh announced a shut down of 18 garment factories for safety reasons.

Source: BBC