On Tuesday, 14 December 2010, near the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, a fire at a multi-storey garment factory killed up to twenty people and more than hundred were wounded.
The factory was owned by Hamim Group and more than 10,000 people, most of them women, worked at the complex.
An official of the factory said, “The good luck was that many of them were out for lunch (when the fire started),”
Firefighters tried to douse the fire and rescuers retrieved the wounded and got the trapped workers out of the factory.
Media said, at least 50 people with serious burns were taken to hospitals. Some of them were wounded in a stampede as hundreds workers tried to get out.
The fire broke out on the 9th floor and spread quickly. The reason was not known.