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Bangladesh clothing factory engulfed by fire, 20 dead

شعار Al Jazeera Al Jazeera 10/09/2016
Bangladesh clothing factory engulfed by fire, 20 dead: At least 50 people were also injured when fierce fire engulfed garment factory north of the capital Dhaka. © Provided by Al Jazeera At least 50 people were also injured when fierce fire engulfed garment factory north of the capital Dhaka.

At least 20 people have been killed and 50 injured after a fire engulfed a garment factory north of the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka.

The Dhaka Tribune newspaper reported on Saturday that the fire erupted due to a boiler explosion at the Tempako Packaging Factory in the industrial town of Tongi, 20km north of Dhaka.

Citing hospital officials, the paper said 17 people died in the explosion and three others  succumbed to their injuries while undergoing treatment.

Michael Shipper, the  Secretary of Labour and Employment Ministry told Al Jazeera that the death toll stood at 22.

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

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.

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