The Straits Times
Published on Nov 25, 2012

Bangladesh factory fire death toll soars to 121


DHAKA (AFP) - The death toll from a fire at a Bangladeshi factory soared to at least 121 as rescue workers recovered 112 bodies on Sunday, the national fire chief told AFP.

"We've found 112 dead bodies this morning," fire brigade director general Brigadier General Abu Nayeem Mohammad Shahidullah told AFP.

"We resumed our search this morning and found the bodies lying on different floors of the factory building," he said.

The fire broke out in the ground-floor warehouse of the multi-storey Tazreen Fashion factory 30km north of Dhaka on Saturday evening, trapping hundreds of workers on the upper floors, police said.