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  • 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)

Monday, November 26, 2012 8:54 am

Recent garment factory fires in Bangladesh

By 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 exports of garment products, mainly to the U.S. and Europe.

- At least 112 people die in a fire Saturday at a garment factory just outside Dhaka, the capital. Survivors say many were killed because of a lack of safety measures in the eight-story factory, which employed about 1,700 people.

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

- In February 2010, a sweater factory in Gazipur outside Dhaka is engulfed by a fire, leaving at least 28 dead.

- In 2006, a fire races through a garment factory in Narayanganj near the capital, killing 23.

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

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


Sources: Local media, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers Association.