At least five people were killed on Tuesday after a fire broke out at a plastic factory in northern Bangladesh, marking the latest deadly industrial accident in a country where safety conditions at factories have been under the scanner.
Emergency services were notified around noon of a fire at a factory that employed around 70 people in Bogura, local fire services chief Abdul Malek told EFE.
“Most of them (workers) managed to escape. We searched the factory two hours after the fire was doused and found five bodies inside,” he said.
However, the casualty toll was not final and Malek said that others may have been injured.
As per primary evidence, the fire may have originated in the factory’s recycling machine and later spread quickly across the premises, the official said.
Fires and other industrial accidents are common in Bangladesh. a country with poor safety measures where such accidents often result in high death tolls.
The latest major accident took place in Dhaka in July, when 52 people were killed and 25 injured in a massive fire at a food and beverages factory.
In 2019, a large-scale fire at a chemical products plant in the same area killed 70 people and injured 55.