Workers edged their way out of windows of a third floor factory in the Mirpur area in Dhaka as another apparel factory caught fire on Sunday evening. Fire authorities told WWD that some workers who escaped in panic were injured, but there were no fatalities, and that they were able to control the fire.
The company, Cordial Design Ltd, was started in 2007 and says on its Web site that it employs 1,200 workers with 12 sewing lines capable of producing 500,000 pieces a month. It includes Inditex, Primark, Loblaw and Carrefour among its customers over the years,according to the Web site, although it could not be learned if Cordial Design currently produces for any of those retailers.
The company also says it owns 120 fire extinguishers.
The source of the fire is yet to be identified, although it appeared to have begun in a storage room.
The fire is a grim reminder that despite global efforts to make factories in Bangladesh safe over the last year there is still much to be done. The 3,500 garment factories in Bangladesh are being inspected for fire, electrical and structural safety since the collapse of Rana Plaza, an eight story building, that caused the deaths of more than 1,100 workers. The apparel industry in Bangladesh employs more than 3.8 million workers and at $22 billion is the second largest producer of garments in the world, after China.
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