Bangladesh clothing factory hit by deadly fire, 10 dead

At least 10 people have been killed in a fire at a garment factory north of the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, with emergency officials warning the death toll could rise.

The Dhaka Tribune newspaper reported early on Saturday that the fire erupted due to a boiler explosion at the Tempako Packaging Factory in the industrial town of Tongi, just north of the capital Dhaka.

The paper said at least 10 people were killed and 20 injured, citing hospital sources.

“We’ve got confirmation of at least 10 dead. But the toll will go up as the fire is still not under control,” police inspector Sirajul Islam told the AFP news agency.

About 100 people are believed to have been working at the building when flames tore through the four-storey factory following the explosion.

A series of deadly incidents at Bangladeshi factories, including the 2013 Rana Plaza collapse that killed more than 1,100 people, have raised concern over safety standards in the South Asian country’s booming, $20bn garment industry.

Garments are a vital sector for Bangladesh and its low wages and duty-free access to Western markets have helped make it the world’s second-largest apparel exporter after China.