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Recent garment factory fires in Bangladesh

Tuesday - 11/27/2012, 4:19am  ET

Bangladeshi firefighters and workers try to douse the fire at a garment-factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Monday, Nov. 26, 2012 two days after a similar incident killed more than 110 people on the outskirts. No casualty was reported in Monday's fire. Bangladeshis were Monday blocking the streets near Dhaka, throwing stones at factories and smashing vehicles, as they demanded justice for those killed in Saturday's fire. (AP Photo)

The Associated Press

More than 315 people have died in fires in Bangladesh garment factories since 2006. The country has about 4,000 garment factories and earns about $20 billion a year from garment exports, mainly to the United States and Europe. Some recent deadly garment factory fires:

-- At least 112 people die in a fire Saturday at an eight-story factory outside Dhaka. Authorities and survivors say the building lacked emergency exits and other safety measures were not taken.

-- A fire in December 2010 at a 10-story factory in Ashulia kills 29 workers.

-- In February 2010, a fire engulfs a sweater factory in Gazipur, killing at least 28.

-- In 2006, a fire at a factory in Narayanganj kills 23.

-- Another fire in 2006 kills 63 workers at a factory in southeastern Chittagong city.

-- More than 60 workers have died in a number of smaller fires over the past six years.

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Sources: Local media, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers Association.


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