Six people are dead and seven injured after a fire broke out Saturday afternoon in a six-story garment factory in the Chinese city of Zhengzhou.
According to China’s Xinhua News agency, the cause of the fire is still under investigation, but witnesses said they heard explosions before the blaze broke out.
Local authorities said that flames engulfed the top floor of the factory before spreading to a separate garment facility next door. A total of 26 fire engines and 140 firefighters were dispatched to deal with the blaze. Several workers were reportedly trapped inside the building.
That same day, a dyeing and printing facility belonging to textile manufacturer Momtex caught fire in Narsingdi, just outside Dhaka in Bangladesh. Police officials confirmed the number of fatalities from the incident was three, while at least five people were injured and rushed to hospital.
Authorities said the fire started in an area where chemicals and dyes were being stored, on the ground floor of the seven-story facility.
“We suspect the electricity short-circuited, causing a fire in the storage room where dyes and paints were kept,” Nazmul Islam, a deputy general manager of Momtex, told local media.
Despite ongoing efforts in recent years to improve safety and infrastructure in textile and apparel factories worldwide, these two incidents highlight that fire prevention controls are still lacking in some facilities.
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