At least a dozen people were reportedly killed in a fire that raced through a plastics factory in Bangladesh's capital of Dhaka Saturday, with scores injured.
Details were sketchy but Reuters news service reported that 13 people had died in the fire. The Bangladesh News Service identified the location as APCCO Bangladesh Ltd., producing household plastic products, while Reuters reported the location as the Nasim Plastic House.
Fire service officials reportedly told journalists that the death toll could rise. Press reports quoted local emergency rooms handling casualties as saying that some of the bodies were charred beyond recognition.
The fire reportedly started at about 5:45 pm local time Jan. 31, with officials investigating reports of a busted gas cylinder as the cause. About 70 people were reportedly working in the five-story building at the time.
Bangladesh has suffered other serious industrial accidents recently. About 1,100 workers died when a garment factory in Dhaka collapsed in 2013, for example.