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112 killed in fire at Bangladesh garment factory

Bangladeshi police officers stand guard Sunday outside a burnt garment factory outside Dhaka, Bangladesh. (Photo by The Associated Press)
Bangladeshi police officers stand guard Sunday outside a burnt garment factory outside Dhaka, Bangladesh. (Photo by The Associated Press)
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Sunday, November 25, 2012 08:58 am
DHAKA, Bangladesh — At least 112 people were killed in a fire that raced through a multi-story garment factory just outside of Bangladesh's capital, an official said Sunday.The blaze broke out at the seven-story factory operated by Tazreen Fashions late Saturday. By Sunday morning, firefighters had recovered 100 bodies, fire department Operations Director Maj. Mohammad Mahbub told The Associated Press.

He said another 12 people who had suffered injuries after jumping from the building to escape the fire later died at hospitals. The death toll could rise as the search for victims was continuing, he said.

Local media reported that up to 124 people were killed in the fire. The cause of the blaze was not immediately clear, and authorities have ordered an investigation.

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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