Latest garment factory fires in Bangladesh

29 November 2013

A huge fire on Friday destroyed a Bangladesh garment factory supplying key Western brands, authorities said, in a blaze touched off by workers angered over rumors of a colleague’s death in police firing. … There were no initial reports of casualties in Friday’s fire, which gutted a ten-storey building at Gazipur, 40 km (25 miles) from the capital, Dhaka. Fire fighters were battling to put out the fire in four adjacent buildings. “We are still struggling to control the flames,” said fire official Mahbubur Rahman, adding that 22 fire service and civil defense units from Dhaka and nearby areas were scrambled to fight the fire. A Reuters photographer at the scene said burnt garments strewn on the floors bore brand names from U.S. retailers such as American Eagle Outfitters Inc, Gap Inc and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Other brands on the clothes included Li and Fung Ltd, Marks and Spencer Group PLC, Sears Canada Inc, Fast Retailing Co Ltd’s Uniqlo and Inditex S.A. brand Zara.

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SERAJUL QUADIR (2013) Key Bangladesh garments factory destroyed in blaze. Reuters 19 November (http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/11/29/uk-bangladesh-garments-fire-idUKBRE9AS05C20131129 last accessed 29 November 2013)

8 October 2013

A Bangladeshi garment factory, where at least seven workers died and more than 50 were injured in a fire on Tuesday, slipped through the net of international safety deals despite making fabric used by brands such as H&M, George at AsdaPrimarkNext and Morrisons. The Aswad Composite Mills factory, in Gazipur, outside Dhaka, was not one of almost 1,600 sites due to be inspected under the accord on fire and building safety because it was not a garment factory dealing directly with brands. The blaze was reported to have originated in the knitting section of the factory, which belongs to part of the Palmal group.

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Source
Sarah Butler, Jason Burke and Saad Hammadi (2013) Burned down Aswad garment factory slipped through new safety net. The Guardian 9 October (http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/09/bangladesh-aswad-factory-safety-net last accessed 10 October 2013)

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