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Early Morning Factory Fire Topples 5-Story Building in Bangladesh
A boiler explosion fueled by flammable chemicals claimed the lives of at least 23 people just as overnight workers were ending their shift.
Bangladeshi firefighters work to put out a fire at the five-story Tampaco Foils Ltd. factory in the Tongi industrial area. The fire was triggered by a boiler explosion triggered the blaze at around 6 a.m. and spread quickly because flammable chemicals stored at the factory. At the time workers prepared to swap shifts.
At least 23 people have been killed and dozens were injured in the country's worst industrial accident since the Rana Plaza building collapse of 2013 in which over 1,100 people died. Emergency officials fear that the death toll could climb after the fire broke out in the Tongi industrial zone about 12 miles north of the capital, Dhaka.