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Fire at Gazipur Spinning Mill Collapses Bangladesh Building

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A fire broke out at a spinning mill in the Gazipur area of Bangladesh Sunday and the entire building has collapsed.

The fire started at Jamuna Spinning Mill in Shafipur Bazar around 5:00 a.m., according to The Daily Star, and 14 firefighting units rushed to the scene. The denim recycling area of the facility was reportedly where the fire started and quickly spread to the finishing, knitting, cotton and spinning sections.

Fire service officials said the blaze was brought under control around 11:25 a.m.

No casualties have been reported so far and the cause of the fire remains unknown.

The Daily Star said the Gazipur District Administration has formed a committee to investigate the incident and the committee is expected to submit a report on its findings within 10 working days.

Another committee formed by the fire brigade will also look into the incident.

Bangladesh has had a slew of fires in its ready-made garment sector, bringing about concern for the safety of the factories there. Perhaps the most known of those fires—at the Tazreen Fashions factory—killed more than 100 workers in 2012.

There have been other factory fires since, though an April report by the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, an initiative aimed at improving factory safety and conditions in the country, said fires at garment factories are down by nearly 90 percent in recent years, pointing to progress in the country working to restore its image when it comes to compliance.

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