Fire Breaks Out in Bangladesh Factory Rubble

Rescuers created sparks in cutting steel to reach survivors

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Apr 28, 2013 12:12 PM CDT

(Newser) – A fire has broken out in the wreckage of the garment factory that collapsed last week in Bangladesh, with smoke pouring from the piles of shattered concrete and some rescue efforts forced to stop. Officials say the fire broke out because of sparks generated as rescuers tried to cut through a steel rod to reach a survivor. Firefighters are trying to bring the fire under control. Rescuers have retreated from the part of the wreckage where the fire was located, but were still trying to reach survivors in other parts of the destroyed eight-story building. Officials say at least three rescue workers have been injured in the fire. The building's fugitive owner, Mohammed Sohel Rana, was arrested earlier today at the India border.

Mohammed Sohel Rana, the fugitive owner of an illegally-constructed building that collapsed last week in Bangladesh, is produced before the media in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, April 28, 2013.
Mohammed Sohel Rana, the fugitive owner of an illegally-constructed building that collapsed last week in Bangladesh, is produced before the media in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, April 28, 2013.   (Palash Khan)
A Bangladeshi rescue worker shouts as others remove the body of a dead garment worker from a building that collapsed on Wednesday in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, April 28, 2013.
A Bangladeshi rescue worker shouts as others remove the body of a dead garment worker from a building that collapsed on Wednesday in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, April 28, 2013.   (Kevin Frayer)
Bangladeshi rescue workers search for survivors as they are seen through a hole in the roof a building that collapsed Wednesday in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, April 28, 2013.
Bangladeshi rescue workers search for survivors as they are seen through a hole in the roof a building that collapsed Wednesday in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, April 28, 2013.   (Kevin Frayer)
Bangladeshi rescue workers search on a building that collapsed in Savar, Bangladesh, Sunday, April 28, 2013. Bangladesh rescuers located nine people alive inside the rubble.
Bangladeshi rescue workers search on a building that collapsed in Savar, Bangladesh, Sunday, April 28, 2013. Bangladesh rescuers located nine people alive inside the rubble.   (Kevin Frayer)
Bangladeshi rescue workers gather around heavy equipment at a building that collapsed ON Wednesday in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, April 28, 2013.
Bangladeshi rescue workers gather around heavy equipment at a building that collapsed ON Wednesday in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, April 28, 2013.   (Kevin Frayer)
Bangladeshi relatives of missing workers in a building that collapsed on Wednesday comfort each other in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, April 28, 2013.
Bangladeshi relatives of missing workers in a building that collapsed on Wednesday comfort each other in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, April 28, 2013.   (Kevin Frayer)
Bangladeshi rescue workers carry the body of a dead garment worker after it was retrieved from a building that collapsed on Wednesday in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, April 28, 2013.
Bangladeshi rescue workers carry the body of a dead garment worker after it was retrieved from a building that collapsed on Wednesday in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, April 28, 2013.   (Kevin Frayer)
A Bangladeshi rescue workers rests during operations in a building that collapsed on Wednesday in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, April 28, 2013.
A Bangladeshi rescue workers rests during operations in a building that collapsed on Wednesday in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, April 28, 2013.   (Kevin Frayer)
Bangladeshi relatives of missing workers in a building that collapsed on Wednesday argue with army officials at the search operation in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, April 28, 2013.
Bangladeshi relatives of missing workers in a building that collapsed on Wednesday argue with army officials at the search operation in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, April 28, 2013.   (Kevin Frayer)
Mohammed Sohel Rana, the fugitive owner of an illegally-constructed building that collapsed last week, reacts as he is produced before the media in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, April 28, 2013.
Mohammed Sohel Rana, the fugitive owner of an illegally-constructed building that collapsed last week, reacts as he is produced before the media in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, April 28, 2013.   (Palash Khan)
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