Fire Breaks Out in Bangladesh Factory Rubble

Rescuers created sparks in cutting steel to reach survivors
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 28, 2013 12:12 PM CDT
Fire Breaks Out in Bangladesh Factory Rubble
Mohammed Sohel Rana, the fugitive owner of an illegally-constructed building that collapsed last week in Bangladesh, is produced before the media in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, April 28, 2013.   (Palash Khan)

A fire has broken out in the wreckage of the garment factory that collapsed last week in Bangladesh, with smoke pouring from the piles of shattered concrete and some rescue efforts forced to stop. Officials say the fire broke out because of sparks generated as rescuers tried to cut through a steel rod to reach a survivor. Firefighters are trying to bring the fire under control. Rescuers have retreated from the part of the wreckage where the fire was located, but were still trying to reach survivors in other parts of the destroyed eight-story building. Officials say at least three rescue workers have been injured in the fire. The building's fugitive owner, Mohammed Sohel Rana, was arrested earlier today at the India border. (Read more Bangladesh stories.)

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