Bangladesh: Factory fire kills at least 52 people, injured 30 others

A factory fire in Bangladesh killed 52 people and injured 30 others, officials said.

The blaze broke out on Thursday night at Hashem Food and Beverage factory in Rupganj, an industrial town near the capital Dhaka.

AP reported the fire took hold because of chemicals and plastics stored inside the building.

The number of dead are feared to be higher as many workers remain unaccounted for.

Before the incident, the six-storey factory manufactured fruit juices, noodles and sweet confectionary.

While many workers had left for the day when the fire started, it is believed that hundreds of people were still inside overnight.

Eyewitnesses said many workers were injured after they jumped from the factory’s upper floors.

AP reported that people had been unable to flee because a door leading to stairs to the roof had been padlocked.

The South Asian nation has a poor safety records for fire incidents. This is one among the dozens of fires that erupt every year, killing hundreds.

The government has pledged reforms since an apartment fire in 2013 killed more than 1,100 people. But critics say that safety standards are still lax.