Fire has swept through a garment factory in an industrial district of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, killing seven, police and an industry association official said.
Thursday’s fire came after over 900 people were killed when a building containing mostly garment factories collapse outside the city.
“It is not clear to us how the accident happened, but we are trying to find out the cause,” Mohammad Atiqul Islam, president of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association, told Reuters.
The fire broke out at a factory belonging to the Tung Hai Group, a large garment exporter, after most workers had gone home, police said.
The owner of the factory was among the victims, but there were no workers among the casualties as there was no overnight production, police and fire service officials said.
“It was a big fire but we managed to confine it on one floor,” Mahbubur Rahman, operations director of the nation’s fire service department, said.
He said the victims died of suffocation after rushing into a stairwell and becoming overwhelmed by “toxic smoke from burnt acrylic clothing.”
Local police chief Khalilur Rahman said the fire killed eight people including the owner, his four staff, a senior police officer, and a low-level police official.
Bangladesh government had on Wednesday said it had shut down 18 garment factories for safety reasons following the April 24 collapse of Rana Plaza, which housed five garment factories making clothes for Western brands.
The country’s garment industry, which accounts for 80 percent of the South Asian country’s exports, has seen a series of deadly accidents, including a fire in November that killed 112 people.