Thirteen people were killed when a fire broke out at the Nasim Plastics factory in the Mirpur area of Dhaka on Saturday.

According to police officials, the fire was caused by a gas cylinder that exploded. There were reportedly more than 60 workers in the building at the time. ​

As Bangladesh garment factories ​have been in the process of being screened for fire, electrical and structural safety over the last 20 months, safety features and the response of fire departments​​ has been under intense scrutiny.

More than 111 workers were killed at the Tazreen Fashions fire in 2012 and 1,133 workers were killed when an eight story building at Rana Plaze housing  garment factories collapsed in 2013.

Although only garment factories have been under review with   ​factory ​ inspection ​s being done​ with the support of two groups of international brands and retailers, the fire on Saturday brought attention to the lack of safety standards at factories generally in Bangladesh.  ​M​ ore than 2,000 garment factories have  ​undergone inspections in Bangladesh, and are in the process of making the changes to improve worker safety.

Bangladesh is the second largest exporter of garments in the world, after China, exports were $24.5 billion in 2014. ​

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