A textile mill in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka caught fire in the early hours of today, what was doused within hours without any casualty or major damage.
Kadamtali Police Station Officer-in-Charge Ma Jalil identified the factory as Lucky Textile Mills, a six-storeyed mill located at the edge of Dhaka city in Jatrabari’s Shyampur area.
The fire broke out at the third floor of the building – used as the warehousing facility of the mill – around 4:30 am, said Mahmudul Hassan, an inspector at Bangladesh Fire Service & Civil Defence headquarters.
Seven fire-fighting units put out the flames around 9:30 am and rescued 31 people – mostly workers – from the roof of the factory, said fire service headquarters’ Duty Officer Rasel Shikder.
The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained. An investigation is underway in this respect. Meanwhile, authorities are still working to figure out the amount of loss sustained.
Any authority regarding the management or owning body of the mill could not be reached immediately.
The incident took place at a time when the apparel manufacturers of the country are preparing to become 100 per cent compliant for sustainable business by 2018.
Bangladesh has had a stigma of unsafe working environment because of a number of major workplace disasters taking place over a period of time – like the Tazreen Fashions fire and Rana Plaza collapse.