Factory fire kills at least 20 in Bangladesh

At least 20 people were killed and dozens more injured in a fire Saturday at a packaging factory in Bangladesh, according to multiple news reports.

The cause of the fire wasn’t immediately known, but a boiler exploded and sparked the blaze at the factory for food and cigarettes in Tongi, an industrial area north of the capital Dhaka, according to news reports.

“We cannot confirm if people are inside, but our priority is to rescue them if there is anyone,” Mohammad Akhtaruzzaman, a fire official at the site, told Reuters by phone.

The fire is under control, he said. Hundreds of firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze, according to CNN.

Fifty people are hospitalized with injuries, and the death toll was expected to rise as rescue efforts continued, according to the local police chief, Harunur Rashid, CNN reported.

The number of reported dead was as high as 25, according to CNN.

“We have removed eight bodies to the hospital and are trying to retrieve a further two,” said Anis Ahamed, a local fire and civil defense chief, told BBC.


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