AT LEAST six people were killed and 20 injured yesterday when fire engulfed a textile factory in Munshiganj near the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, Siam Jamil writes.
The tragedy at the Ideal Textile Mill factory was reported in the morning.
Police officer Joynal Abedin said four firefighting units from Munshiganj and Narayanganj were trying to put out the flames.
The blaze left the factory severely damaged, he said, adding: “Other workers are still missing, so the death toll may rise.”
Mr Abedin said the fire had started on the first floor of the factory building, where chemicals were stored.
“Renovations were going on the same floor, where welders were at work,” said the officer.
“A spark caused the fire at the chemical warehouse, which spread to other parts soon after.”
Mr Abedin said the victims had been suffocated by chemical fumes.