Factory fire death toll rises to 29
September 11th, 2016 at 10:56 pm
Factory fire death toll rises to 29

Dhaka – Rescuers found four more bodies in rubbles of the packaging plants that burned to ashes near Bangladeshi capital raising the death toll in the disaster to 29, officials said Sunday.

The firefighters pulled the bodies after they partially doused blaze at Tampaco Foils factory, located in Tongi of Gagipur district, said the deputy commissioner of the district SM Alam.

Members of the Fire Service and Civil Defence, police and a few volunteers joined the search operation, he said adding that a team of army also inspected the scene.

The four-storey factory building, located 20 kilometers north of the capital, collapsed hours after the fire broke out early Saturday.

Two survivors of the fire died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital the following day, raising the death toll in the tragedy to 25, police officer Bachhu Mia said earlier.

More than 50 others have been undergoing treatment at different hospitals, he added.

Witnesses said the volunteers tried several times to enter the collapsed building in search of missing workers, but were forced back by thick-black smokes and flames.

The district administration listed 12 factory workers as still missing after the accident, Abul Hashem, a magistrate of Gazipur district, told reporters.

The Tampaco Foils factory produces packaging for tobacco and other consumer products, with British American Tobacco and food giant Nestle among its clients.

Fatalities in Bangladeshi factories – which mostly produce clothing, packaging and textiles – are common due to a lax implementation of regulations.

A fire at Tazreen Fashion factory in late 2012 killed at least 112 workers.

More than 1,100 people were killed and 2,500 injured after the collapse of the Rana Plaza building which housed five garment factories in 2013.