Dhaka (AFP) -Bangladesh Sunday ordered an enquiry into a plastics factory fire which killed 13 workers, the latest in a series of accidents that have highlighted appalling conditions in the country’s workplaces.
A five-man government team will investigate whether the Nasim Plastics factory – housed in a four-storey building in the Dhaka suburb of Mirpur – had a proper operating licence, fire equipment and statutory safety features.
“The probe team will file a report on their findings in three days. We want to find out what caused this accident,” said Syed Ahmed, head of the factory inspection department.
Police and fire officers believe Saturday’s blaze started when gas cylinders exploded in the boiler room, then raced through the four-storey building in minutes.