After 52 die in the fire, a factory owner in Bangladesh arrested


Police in Bangladesh detained the owner of a factory where 52 people perished in a fire on Saturday (July 10) after discovering that children as young as 11 worked there.
According to police, the owner of the food factory and four of his sons were among eight persons arrested in connection with the fire that started on Thursday and burned for more than a day.
A secondary investigation has been begun into the facility’s use of child labor.
The plant’s entrance had been padlocked at the time of the blaze, according to Mr. Jayedul Alam, police chief for Narayanganj district, where the factory is located, and the factory had broken various fire and safety laws.
The dead bodies of 48 people were discovered on the third level of the Hashem Food and Beverage business in Rupganj, a small industrial town outside of Dhaka.
The escape entrance to the main staircase had been padlocked, according to a fire department spokesperson. The structure also housed highly combustible chemicals and plastics.
After the Rana Plaza accident in 2013, Bangladesh promised improvements. After the structure fell, almost 1,100 individuals were killed. Since then, however, a series of fires and other calamities have occurred.
In February 2019, a fire blasted through Dhaka flats where chemicals were illegally stored, killing at least 70 people.


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