3 Managers Arrested After Deadly Bangladesh Factory Fire

By: Posted By Jovarie Downing
By: Posted By Jovarie Downing

Dhaka, Bangladesh (CNN) -- Three managers at a Bangladeshi clothing factory were arrested and accused of locking a main gate of the facility hampering people trying to flee a weekend inferno that killed more than 100 workers, police said.

The arrest of the mid-level managers did not stop the continued protests of thousands in the capital city Dhaka Wednesday, as many mourned and called for a full investigation into what happened.

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The clothing factory, housed in a multistory building near Dhaka, caught fire Saturday night.

More than 100 people were killed and at least 200 were injured as they rushed to escape the factory in Ashulia, police said.

Firefighters try to control a fire at Tazreen Fashions Limited in Savar, on the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Saturday, November 24. At least 117 people were killed and more than 200 injured in the fire.
Firefighters climb a ladder Monday, November 26. Reports suggested that the fire started on the ground floor and the building had no emergency exits.
Masud Rana, one of the survivors, receives treatment at Dhaka Medical Hospital on Monday. The factory was owned by Tazreen Fashions, which manufactured clothing for C&A, Carrefour and Wal-Mart, reports said. Brands are attracted by low wages, about $43 a week for a garment worker.
People gather around the garment factory where the fire broke out on Monday.
Bangladeshi firefighters stand in the burned-out bulding on Monday.
Firefighters douse hot spots on Sunday.
A Bangladeshi army staffer walks through rows of charred sewing machines on Sunday.
Pedestrians look at the damaged building Sunday. Li & Fung, a Hong Kong sourcing company that had placed orders with Tazreen Fashions, said it would help compensate victims' families and conduct its own investigation into the fire.
Bangladeshi garment workers check out the burned stairs of the plant on Monday.
Workers walk past through the debris-strewn plant on Monday.
Bangladeshi firefighters carry an injured man from the fire on Monday.
Firefighters work at the nine-story plant on Sunday.
A woman mourns Sunday over the body of a relative who died in the fire. It was the worst ever industrial disaster in Bangladesh. Bodies of victims are lined up in Savar on Sunday. Many workers jumped from high windows to escape the smoke and flames.
Bangladeshi army personnel transport the bodies of victims on Sunday.

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Improving workers' rights in Bangladesh "How the factory caught fire, I don't know. But when we heard 'fire,' we all rushed out and we were trying to get out of the factory," said Parul Begum, a survivor.

"One factory worker broke a window and one of the workers pulled me through. After the fire, we tried to run out the door, but it was locked. When the floor (became) dark with smoke, the boys came to rescue me," she said.

The blaze is part of a rash of arsons, the country's prime minister said earlier this week. The Saturday fire as well another factory blaze Monday were "planned arson," Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said Monday.

Also two people were arrested Monday trying to set fire to an apparel factory on the outskirts of Dhaka, but local police said they had not yet found any links between the arrests and the other factory fires.

Meanwhile, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. put some distance between it and the clothing factory, saying the factory was no longer authorized to produce merchandise for the company.

"A supplier subcontracted work to this factory without authorization and in direct violation of our policies. Today, we have terminated the relationship with that supplier," Wal-Mart said Monday.


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