Eight people have been killed in a fire that broke out late Wednesday in an 11-story building in Dhaka, Bangladesh that housed a garment factory. It is the fourth accident in Bangladesh's garment industry since November when a fire claimed 111 lives at another factory in the city.
Police officials told WWD that among the dead was Mahbubur Rahman, the managing director of the factory, Tung Hai Sweater Ltd. Rahman was also a director at Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA).
The building is located in Mirpur, in the northeastern part of Dhaka, a garmentfactory hub. Most of the workers had already left for the day when the firebroke out.
"It is not clear to us how the accident happened, but we are trying to find out the cause," said a spokesperson for BGMEA, according to Reuters. Local press reports said firemen were quick to respond to the situation and within three hours were able to douse the flames before they spread beyond the third floor.
Tung Hai sweaters Ltd is one of six divisions of the Tung Hai group which was started in 1994.
Online, the company describes itself as a "manufacturer of hand-driven flat-knitted” garments as well as T-shirts, polo shirts, and pants." It boasted several compliance achievements and certificates.
The company information also lists Tung Hai as having "transformed itself into one of the largest leading groups in the sweater knitting and export trade industry" with more than 7,000 employees and its head office in an 11-story building in Mirpur-1, Dhaka.
The group said its customers include Primark; Inditex; Peacocks; New Look;Point Zero; E. Leclerc; and Agora.
In other Bangladesh news, rescue teams at Savar continue to excavate the bodies of garment workers trapped after the building collapsed on April 24. The eight-story building housed five garment factories and more than 3,000 workers.