Fire put out in Bangladesh factory; no casualties

AP News
Posted: Sep 15, 2013 5:47 AM

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A fire broke out Sunday in a garment factory in Bangladesh's capital, but the blaze was extinguished before it could spread and there were no casualties, an official said.

The fire broke out on the top floor of a six-story building in Dhaka where bundles of clothes were kept, fire official Sheikh Mizanur Rahman said.

The fire was contained and put out before it could spread and all 3,000 workers in the building were either evacuated or left when the fire alarm rang, he said.

The lax safety standards of Bangladesh's $20 billion-a-year garment export industry have been at the heart of heated debate after a factory collapse in April and a fire at a factory building in November left more than 1,200 people dead.