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Second garment factory fire breaks out in Bangladesh 2 days after inferno kills 112

Published time: November 26, 2012 06:25
Edited time: January 26, 2013 16:38

Another fire broke out at a garment factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh, two days after a blaze at a separate clothing factory killed at least 112 people. Estimates of damage and casualties are not yet known.

The fire broke out on the third floor of the 12-story building, which houses four different garment factories. Some of the building’s workers are trapped on the rooftop, firefighters reported.

"It looks like a huge fire. Our teams have just arrived and are working to douse it," a senior fire official told AFP.

The blaze broke out at the Euro-Bangla garment factory at about 10:05am local time (04:05 GMT), officials said.

Bangladeshi firefighters stand in a burned out bulding as they try and control a fire that broke out at a garment factory on the outskirts of Dhaka on November 26, 2012 (AFP Photo / Str)
Bangladeshi firefighters stand in a burned out bulding as they try and control a fire that broke out at a garment factory on the outskirts of Dhaka on November 26, 2012 (AFP Photo / Str)
Bangladeshi firefighters carry an injured man from a garment factory that was on fire on the outskirts of Dhaka on November 26, 2012 (AFP Photo / Str)
Bangladeshi firefighters carry an injured man from a garment factory that was on fire on the outskirts of Dhaka on November 26, 2012 (AFP Photo / Str)

­On Monday, thousands of garment industry employees turned out in a Dhaka suburb to protest their working conditions. Demonstrators blocked streets, threw stones at factories and smashed vehicles. Around 200 factories were closed for the day after workers protested in Savar, the industrial zone where Saturday's deadly fire occurred.

Watch the video of protests


Workers shout slogans as they protest against the death of their colleagues after a devastating fire in a garment factory which killed more than 100 people, in Savar November 26, 2012 (Reuters / Andrew Biraj)
Workers shout slogans as they protest against the death of their colleagues after a devastating fire in a garment factory which killed more than 100 people, in Savar November 26, 2012 (Reuters / Andrew Biraj)
Workers shout slogans in front of a police van as they protest against the death of their colleagues after a devastating fire in a garment factory which killed more than 100 people, in Savar November 26, 2012 (Reuters / Andrew Biraj)
Workers shout slogans in front of a police van as they protest against the death of their colleagues after a devastating fire in a garment factory which killed more than 100 people, in Savar November 26, 2012 (Reuters / Andrew Biraj)

Then, at least 121 people were killed, with the night shift workers jumping out of windows after fire blocked exits, and the seven-story factory was filled with suffocating smoke.

The death toll was initially reported at eight, but rescuers discovered dozens more bodies when they entered the ruins. The inferno began on the ground floor, trapping the employees inside the building.

Workers try to break the gate of a garment factory during a protest against the death of their colleagues after a devastating fire in another garment factory which killed more than 100 people, in Savar November 26, 2012 (Reuters / Andrew Biraj)
Workers try to break the gate of a garment factory during a protest against the death of their colleagues after a devastating fire in another garment factory which killed more than 100 people, in Savar November 26, 2012 (Reuters / Andrew Biraj)
Workers shout slogans as they protest against the death of their colleagues after a devastating fire in a garment factory which killed more than 100 people, in Savar November 26, 2012 (Reuters / Andrew Biraj)
Workers shout slogans as they protest against the death of their colleagues after a devastating fire in a garment factory which killed more than 100 people, in Savar November 26, 2012 (Reuters / Andrew Biraj)
Workers shout slogans as they protest against the death of their colleagues after a devastating fire in a garment factory which killed more than 100 people, in Savar November 26, 2012 (Reuters / Andrew Biraj)
Workers shout slogans as they protest against the death of their colleagues after a devastating fire in a garment factory which killed more than 100 people, in Savar November 26, 2012 (Reuters / Andrew Biraj)
Bangladeshi firefighters climb a ladder as they try and control a fire that broke out at a garment factory on the outskirts of Dhaka on November 26, 2012 (AFP Photo / Str)
Bangladeshi firefighters climb a ladder as they try and control a fire that broke out at a garment factory on the outskirts of Dhaka on November 26, 2012 (AFP Photo / Str)
Bangladeshi onlookers watch as firefighters try and control a fire that broke out at a garment factory on the outskirts of Dhaka on November 26, 2012 (AFP Photo / Str)
Bangladeshi onlookers watch as firefighters try and control a fire that broke out at a garment factory on the outskirts of Dhaka on November 26, 2012 (AFP Photo / Str)

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