10 hurt in fire panic at 2 RMG factories
At least 10 panic-stricken workers were injured in separate incidents of stampede yesterday, when fire broke out in two garment factories at the capital's Uttara and Nischintapur in Ashulia.
The fire originated from an electric short circuit at Sagar Garments in Uttara around 8:25am, fire officials said.
However, factory authorities managed to douse the flames before two firefighting units reached the factory.
According to locals, at least five workers were injured when trying to rush out of the factory located on the 8th floor of the building.
Meanwhile, another fire broke out at New Age Apparels Ltd around 8:00am. Locals said around five workers sustained minor injuries in an attempt to vacate the building.
Factory workers extinguished the fire by themselves, Ali Ahmed Khan, deputy director of Industrial Police told The Daily Star.
The fire started near the sewing machines and destroyed around 15 T-shirts, though the cause of its origin has not been determined yet, police said.
Factory authorities said that the workers did not start to operate the machines at the time of the incident.
They claimed it to be a case of sabotage though they have not been able to accuse anybody yet, Ali Ahmed said.
The factory resumed its operations in the afternoon, he said.