Another Garment Factory Fire Kills 7 in Bangladesh
5 injured in latest blaze
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 26, 2013 3:13 PM CST
Bangladeshi firefighters and volunteers work to douse a fire at a two-story garment factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Jan. 26, 2013.   (AP Photo/AM Ahad)

(Newser) – A fire swept through a two-story garment factory in Bangladesh's capital today, killing at least seven female workers and injuring another five, police and fire officials said. The fire at the Smart factory occurred just two months after a blaze killed 112 workers in another factory near the capital city, raising questions about safety standards and treatment of workers in Bangladesh's $20-billion garment industry that exports clothes to leading Western retailers. The country has more than 4,000 garment factories.

The cause of the latest fire was not immediately known, said a fire official. It took firefighters about two hours to bring today's blaze under control, noted a police officer. Volunteers joined firefighters in battling the blaze as a large crowd gathered outside the factory awaiting word on the fate of relatives. Family members were seen crying near the body of a female worker named Josna, who was only 16. Building fires have led to more than 600 garment work deaths in Bangladesh since 2005, according to research by a labor advocacy group.

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Jan 27, 2013 10:37 AM CST
If these fires don't stop the prices are going to go up at Walmart.
Jan 27, 2013 2:42 AM CST
You can't blame the buyers of the company's products. They have nothing to do with how a factory is operated. You have to blame the city and country that permits factories to operate dangerously without enforcing a fire code.