Fire breaks out at Bangladesh garments factory, casualties unknown

by Reuters
Thursday, 6 March 2014 13:11 GMT

DHAKA, March 6 (Reuters) - A fire broke out at garment factory in the Bangladeshi capital on Thursday, police and fire-fighting officials said, but it was not immediately clear if anyone was inside the building at the time.

Fire-fighters were trying to put out the blaze with the help of police and volunteers, officials said.

Garments are a vital sector for the South Asian nation, whose low wages and duty-free access to Western markets have helped make it the world's largest apparel exporter after China.

But a series of deadly incidents, including a building collapse that killed more than 1,100 people last April, has sparked global concern over weak safety standards in the $22 billion industry. (Reporting By Serajul Quadir; Editing by Nick Macfie)