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Fire engulfs Bangladesh food factory, killing 52 people: What you need to know


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· At least 52 people were killed and over 50 others injured in a massive fire, broke out at a six-storey juice factory outside Bangladesh's capital Dhaka, according to media reports on Friday.

· The fire broke out at around 5 p.m on Thursday at the Shezan juice factory in Narayanganj's Rupganj, according to fire officials.

· It is suspected that the fire originated from the ground floor of the building and spread quickly due to the presence of chemicals and plastic bottles.

· In addition, at least 26 workers were injured when they jumped from the upper floors as the fire engulfed the building.

· The main exit of the factory, which processes juice, soft drinks and other food items, was locked from the inside.

· An official of the fire services and Civil Defence said that information about how many people were in the factory and how many were missing was not immediately available.

· He said the top floors had not yet been searched, so the aftermath death toll may likely be increased.

· 18 firefighting units were struggling to douse the fire at the factory building of the Shezan juice factory.

· People gathered in front of the building in search of their loved ones who are still missing. Of the many missing, the identities of 44 missing workers have been confirmed, the newspaper said.

· A five-member probe committee has been formed by the district administration to look into the incident.

· Bangladesh has a history of industrial disasters due to lax of safety standards.

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