Fire guts Bangladesh garment factory, six killed

DHAKA Sat Jan 26, 2013 5:22pm IST

A man inspects the burnt interior of a garment factory after a fire in Dhaka January 26, 2013. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj

A man inspects the burnt interior of a garment factory after a fire in Dhaka January 26, 2013.

Credit: Reuters/Andrew Biraj

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DHAKA (Reuters) - Fire raced through a small garment factory in the Bangladesh capital on Saturday, killing at least six employees and injuring 10, firefighters and witnesses said, two months after the country's worst factory blaze killed 112 workers.

Fire service officials said the fire at Smart Fashions, housed in the upper floor of a two-storey building in the suburb of Mohammadpur, appeared to start in a tyre repair and welding shop downstairs. But the exact cause was still to be determined.

Firefighters and police combed the building after the blaze was brought under control and pulled out six bodies.

"Everything inside the factory has been gutted," a Reuters photographer said.

A fire at Tazreen Fashions Limited in a Dhaka suburb in November killed 112 workers and injured at least 150, a blaze that focused world attention on poor safety standards in the country's garment sector.

Working conditions at Bangladeshi factories are notoriously poor, with little enforcement of safety laws. Overcrowding and locked fire doors are common.

Bangladesh has about 4,500 garment factories and is the world's biggest exporter of clothing after China, with garments making up 80 percent of its $24 billion annual exports.

Officials in the industry have demanded quick implementation of recommendations to improve standrds in a report that concluded the Tazreen blaze was the result of both sabotage and negligence.

Western clothing brands, including Wal-Mart Stores Inc(WMT.N), have announced tougher measures to ensure safety standards are upheld.

(Reporting by Anis Ahmed; Editing by Ron Popeski)

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