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Bangladesh factory fire kills 23, more than 24 injured

Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 01:15

An early morning fire at a food and cigarette packaging factory in Bangladesh has killed at least 23 people. Nathan Frandino reports.

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The death toll rises again in Bangladesh. Officials say at least 23 people are now dead after a factory fire north of the capital Dhaka. Relatives of the deceased fill the hospital. (SOUNDBITE) (Bengali) ABU TAHER, RELATIVE OF VICTIM, SAYING: "We were looking for the body in another hospital since morning but just now we found the body here in this hospital. At the beginning they did not show the bodies." The cause of the fire was not immediately known. Though officials say a boiler explosion probably triggered the blaze. More than 20 firefighting teams worked all day to bring the fire under control. The country's police inspector general blames poor safety standards (SOUNDBITE) (Bengali) SHAIDUL HAQ, INSPECTOR GENERAL OF BANGLADESH POLICE, SAYING: "What I have seen here is an industry with bad safety provisions. Whether they had proper permission or not, proper documents, we will have to look into it." And with more than two dozen people injured, officials fear the death toll could still climb even higher in the country's latest industrial disaster.

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Bangladesh factory fire kills 23, more than 24 injured

Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 01:15