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More than 50 dead as fire rages through Bangladesh factory

At least 52 people were killed, 20 injured and many more feared trapped after a massive fire raged through a juice-making factory in Bangladesh, officials said on Friday (July 9), the latest industrial fire disaster in the country.

The blaze started on Thursday evening at the ground floor of a six-storey building in the Narayanganj district, 20 km (12 miles) southeast of the capital Dhaka, run by the private firm Hashem Food and Beverage, which is a unit of Bangladesh’s multinational Sajeeb Group. The factory makes mango fruit drinks under the Shezan brand.

Three died from jumping off the building to escape and 49 bodies had been recovered, Mustain Billah, the administrator for the Narayanganj district, told Reuters by phone from the scene, adding the cause of the fire was not yet known.

Officials at Hashem Foods and Sajeeb Group did not immediately respond to calls seeking comment.

Disasters because of poor fire and building safety standards are common in Bangladesh, largely in the textiles sector that employs millions and contributes the most to its economy.

(Production: Rafiqur Rahman, Michael Fiorentino, Vanessa Romeo)

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