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Bangladesh's Tazreen Fire Is Followed by Further Garment Factory Blazes

Residents and firefighters fight a garment factory blaze in Savar, Bangladesh
Residents and firefighters fight a garment factory blaze in Savar, BangladeshPhotograph by Palash Khan/AFP via Getty Images

On Nov. 24, a fire broke out in the Tazreen Fashions plant outside Dhaka, Bangladesh. It was the worst industrial accident in Bangladesh’s history, resulting in 111 deaths and provoking widespread calls for improved safety measures in the country’s garment industry.

In the four weeks since the Tazreen fire, 17 additional conflagrations have broken out in Bangladeshi textile and garment factories, based on reports in the local press that were compiled by the Dhaka office of Solidarity Center, an organization affiliated with the AFL-CIO. In one case, a worker died as panic-stricken employees jammed a stairwell to escape their workplace. A separate case involved no fire, but workers rushed out of a factory after an electric short circuit made a loud noise.