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'Not enough being done' to protect factory workers

The ILO is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life at Aswad Composite Mills and expresses its sympathy and condolences to the victims and their families.

This latest fire to affect the ready-made garment (RMG) sector in Bangladesh reflects the sad and shocking truth that not enough is being done to address the safety and health of garment factory workers.

Despite the staggering loss of life over the past years, workers are still dying for reasons that could well be avoided if decent working conditions were in place.

– Director-General of the International Labour Organisation
  1. Jess Brammar - News Editor

Fatal Bangladeshi factory fire gutted building

Balls of yarn continue to smolder at the factory in Gazipur after the fatal fire. Credit: ITV News/Jess Brammar

The Bangladeshi factory fire last night gutted the building. There are horrific scenes inside.

There were balls of yarn smoldering, buckled knitting machines and charred piles of cloth still burning when we arrived at the factory in Gazipur after the fatal fire.

Bangladeshi government investigating factory fire

The cause of the fire at the Aswad garment factory in Gazipur outside Dhaka is not yet known but the Government is said to be investigating.

Nine people are believed to have been killed in a fire at a garment factory in Bangladesh. Credit: ITV News/Jess Brammar
The aftermath of the garment factory fire in Gazipur. Credit: ITV News/Jess Brammar
The garment factory is 40km north of the capital Dhaka. Credit: ITV News/Jess Brammar

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Aftermath of Bangladesh factory fire that killed nine

ITV News has visited the site of the garment factory fire in the Bangladeshi town of Gazipur, which has killed nine workers.

The cause of the fire, which is understood to have started in the knitting section of Aswad Composite Mills factory is unknown.

The aftermath of the garment factory fire in Gazipur. Credit: ITV News/Jess Brammar
Nine people are believed to have been killed in a fire and many more were injured. Credit: ITV News/Jess Brammar

Firefighters tackle Bangladesh garment factory blaze

Firefighters are tackling a blaze at a garment factory in Bangladesh which is believed to have claimed the lives of nine people and injured many more.

The cause of the fire, which is understood to have started in the knitting section of Aswad Composite Mills factory is unknown.

Firefighters stand near a fire as they try to control it inside a garment factory in the Bangladeshi town of Gazipur. Credit: REUTERS/Andrew Biraj
A fire officer inspects the fire inside the garment factory in Bangladesh. Credit: REUTERS/Andrew Biraj

'Nine killed' in Bangladesh garment factory fire

Nine people are believed to have been killed in a fire at a garment factory in the Bangladeshi town of Gazipur, 40 km north of the capital Dhaka.

The reports come as ITV News has discovered that many of the victims of the Dhaka factor collapse six months ago are still waiting for assistance.

Nine people are believed to have been killed in a fire at a garment factory in Bangladesh. Credit: Reuters

Gazipur's fire chief, Abu Zafar Ahmed, said nine employees including three company managers had died in the blaze that originated in the knitting section of Aswad Composite Mills factory, a sister concern of Paul Mall Group.

About 50 workers were injured in the fire, whose cause had yet to be determined.

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