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Saturday 23 August 2014

Latest Bangladesh factory tragedy leaves seven dead

Dean Nelson and Tanvir Chowdhury Sripur

Published 10/10/2013 | 05:00

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Firefighters try to control a fire in a garment factory in the Bangladeshi town of Gazipur, 40 km (25 miles) north of Dhaka

Seven workers were killed and 50 injured in a fire at a Bangladeshi factory that produced knitwear for global retailers, according to evidence found at the site.

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The tragedy is the latest to affect Bangladesh's garment factory workers following the Rana Plaza factory collapse earlier this year in which more than 1,100 were killed and the fire last November at the Tasreen factory in which 117 died.

The fire broke out yesterday at the Aswad Knit Composite factory in Sripur where the parent company Palmal made knitted fabrics used in clothes for leading high street clothing brands throughout the world.

Survivors said the sprinkler system had not worked because managers had shut down the generator that powered it.

Boxes containing consignments for Gap, H&M and Next were identified at the scene by reporters.

Next confirmed that one of its suppliers had subcontracted fabric manufacture to the factory, while Gap and H&M said they had placed orders with Palmal but their clothes were not made there.

A spokesman for Next said the company was in contact with other "retailers involved to decide how best to coordinate help for victims and their families". (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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