A sudden factory fire in Bangladesh is believed to have left around 20 people dead and hundreds more injured.

The blaze, at a ten-story plant near the capital Dhaka, is another hit for Bangladesh's garment industry after widespread protests in the country this weekend.

A source in Bangladesh told just-style that today's incident, described as "sudden", is unlikely to be related to the protests though.

It is estimated that the fire began at 2pm local time today (14 December), with its cause currently being investigated by plant owner Ha-Meem Group.

The address of the plant is 145 Narashingharpur, Savar, Dhaka, just-style was told.

Ha-Meem has made no official comment on the reports as yet. The company claims on its website that it makes 1.8m garments per month for brands including American Eagle, Gap, Old Navy, JC Penney, Kohl's, Squeeze, Sears, VF Asia, Target Store, Charming Shoppes and Wal-Mart in the US, and H&M, Carrefour, Hema, M & S Mode, ETAM, Western Store, Migros, Celio and PNC in Europe.

Just two days ago three people were killed in Bangladesh after garment workers clashed with police over the implementation of a new minimum wage.

As of this month, factories are supposed to pay a minimum monthly salary of BDT3,000 (US$43) to garment workers, up from BDT1,662 ($24) previously.

The Bangladeshi government has in the past few days been forced to set up a committee to oversee the salary changes.