112 dead in fire at Bangladesh garment factory

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Associated Press

Posted on November 25, 2012 at 2:32 AM

Updated Sunday, Nov 25 at 3:04 AM

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Officials say they could pull even more bodies out of a multi-story garment factory in Bangladesh where at least 112 people were killed in a fire that raced through the building.

The blaze broke out at the seven-story factory operated by Tazreen Fashions late Saturday. Officials say that by Sunday morning, firefighters had recovered 100 bodies, and another 12 people who had suffered injuries after jumping from the building to escape the fire later died at hospitals.

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. Authorities say there were no emergency exits to the outside.

Bangladesh has some 4,000 garment factories, many without proper safety measures. The country annually earns about $20 billion from exports of garment products, mainly to the United States and Europe.

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