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At least 40 killed, dozens injured & many feared trapped in Bangladesh factory fire

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40 bodies have been recovered from the rubble after a fire broke at a food and drink factory near the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka. More people are feared to be missing as the blaze continues to rage.

The fire began on the ground floor of a multi-story building in an industrial area some 20 kilometers (12 miles) from Dhaka on Thursday night. It originated at a facility producing noodles and drinks that belongs to Hashem Food and Beverage. On Friday morning, it was still raging, firefighters told local media.

According to the latest reports, 40 bodies have been pulled from the rubble, while more people are feared to be trapped inside the building.

Many were hurt as they jumped from upper floors, desperate to escape the flames. Some two dozen people were rescued from the roof by firefighters.

Local officials have said they are gathering information, as it is “not clear how many workers are trapped,” Reuters reported. The cause of the fire is not yet known.

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Such deadly accidents are common in the South Asian country. After the Rana Plaza building, which housed a garment factory, collapsed there in 2013, making grim history by killing over 1,100, officials have sought to improve safety and labor conditions. However, according to activists, millions in Bangladesh still live and work in buildings which lack proper security, and safety rules are said to be poor at many factories. The deadliest Bangladesh factory fire to date happened in 2012, killing at least 117.

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