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When the fire at the factory in Bangladesh killed 13 people

February 9, 2015

"Appalling working conditions", as noted by the Western media, caused a large fire, which occurred on Saturday night at the factory for the production of plastic "Naseem", which was located in a four-storey building in a suburb of the capital of Bangladesh Dhaka Mirpur.

The fire completely destroyed the factory building. On Saturday night, the death toll has risen to 13. Many of them were burnt to death or suffocated after being caught in the trap on the upper floors of the building.

Another three workers are in a critical condition in hospital with extensive burns, according to local police. More than a dozen people received minor burns.

On Sunday, the government ordered a special commission of five members, to examine the circumstances of the tragedy. Members of the Commission shall determine whether or not the factory license to operate, the condition of the fire-fighting equipment on it, and whether it complies with the company's safety standards.

Police and fire officials believe the fire started after a boiler exploded gas cylinders. Within minutes, the fire spread to all four-story building. The blast completely collapsed walls of the plant.

Factory fires are common in impoverished Bangladesh, is emerging as a new center for labor-intensive industries, says dailymail.co.uk. Many factories have low safety standards, and are almost completely absent fighting equipment.

In November 2012, 111 people were killed when a fire destroyed a nine-story garment factory on the outskirts of Dhaka. In April 2013, a complex of buildings collapsed garment factory Rana Plaza, then killed 1,138 people. It is the largest in the history of the country's technological disaster caused by global protest over safety standards in the workplace in Bangladesh.

Western retailers such as H & M and Carrefour, which annually buy billions of dollars of clothing made in Bangladesh, launched a campaign to improve safety standards in the country located thousands of garment factories.

In 2014, the government doubled the number of inspectors, auditors safety standards in factories in Bangladesh. Although inspectors employed by retailers and the government have checked more than two thousand export-oriented factories, several thousand businesses remain without control, said local authorities.