Bangladesh Factory Fire Kills More Than 100

Posted November 25th, 2012 at 9:35 am (UTC-5)
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Rescuers are working in Bangladesh to recover the bodies of victims in a garment factory fire that killed at least 109 people, mostly women.

Authorities say the blaze broke out on the ground floor of a multi-story building Saturday night in a factory outside the capital, Dhaka.

Firefighters fought the blaze for several hours, while many workers remained trapped on the upper floors of the building. Some workers jumped to their deaths before authorities arrived on the scene.

Officials say they are not sure what caused the fire and that they are investigating. A director for the Bangladesh Center for Workers Solidarity told the French news agency that the blaze was the deadliest in the history of the country's apparel industry.

Bangladesh has about 4,000 garment factories that make clothes for international brands. The country earns about $20 billion annually from exporting clothing.

Meanwhile, authorities say the girders of an overpass that was under construction in southeastern Bangladesh have collapsed, killing at least 11 people.

Officials say the girders crashed Saturday evening in the port city of Chittagong.

Police say dozens of people are missing.