Three people were killed and about thirty others injured in a fire that broke out in a factory in Bangladesh, where some workers had to jump out of windows to escape the flames that are still burning on Friday morning, police said.It was not immediately known how many people were in the building, but families gathered in front of The building said she feared the death toll could be much higher.
Bangladesh sees frequent fires due to non-respect of safety standards.
Police and eyewitnesses said the fire broke out at around 17:00 (1100 GMT) Thursday at the Hashim Food and Beverage Factory, which occupies a six-storey building in Robganj, an industrial town near Dhaka.
“Three people died after sustaining serious burns,” district police chief Gaid Al-Alam told AFP.
For his part, police inspector Sheikh Kabir al-Islam said that at least 30 other people were injured when they threw themselves from windows on the upper floors as the fire spread quickly.
The police first announced the loss of dozens of workers, but retracted this by saying that they did not know the number of missing persons.
Firefighters rescued 25 people on the roof of the building, but they were unable to determine the losses.