Nov 25 2012
There were no emergency exits at a Bangladesh factory hit by a deadly blaze which killed scores of workers.
At least 112 people were killed in the fire which tore through the seven-storey factory operated by Tazreen Fashions, just outside the capital Dhaka.
Firefighters have recovered 100 bodies, fire brigade operations director Major Mohammad Mahbub said, and another 12 people who had suffered injuries after jumping from the building to escape died later in hospital.
He said firefighters recovered 69 bodies from the second floor of the factory alone. He said most of the victims had been trapped inside, with no emergency exits leading outside the building.
And he warned that the death toll could rise as the search for victims continues.
Many workers who had taken shelter on the roof of the factory were rescued, but firefighters were unable to save those who were trapped inside.
The fire broke out on the ground floor, which is used as a warehouse, and spread quickly to the upper floors.
"The factory had three staircases, and all of them were down through the ground floor," Mr Mahbub said. "So the workers could not come out when the fire engulfed the building.
"Had there been at least one emergency exit through outside the factory, the casualties would have been much lower."
Bangladesh has about 4,000 garment factories which make clothes for brands including Wal-Mart, JC Penney, H&M, Marks & Spencer, Carrefour and Tesco.