Another fire has broken out at a clothing factory in Bangladesh

Another fire has broken out at a clothing factory in Bangladesh

Six people have reportedly been killed after a blaze broke out at a textile mill in Bangladesh this week.

Local reports, quoting police spokesman Mustafizur Rahman, say six bodies had been recovered by firefighters but the search is ongoing.

Police say the fire started on the ground floor of the unnamed facility on Wednesday (20 September), which operated from a four-storey building storing chemicals and dyes in Munshiganj, 20 km from the capital Dhaka.

The tragedy is the latest a spate of incidents that have hit Bangladesh's clothing industry in recent years, although ongoing initiatives to improve factory and building safety only cover ready-made garment factories.

One of the most recent occurred in July, when 11 people were killed in a boiler explosion at the Multifabs Limited garment factory, which supplies Swedish fashion retailer Lindex.

Bangladesh garment factory explosion kills 11 

This prompted calls for boiler inspections to be included in the new and improved Bangladesh Accord that will run to 2021 and has been signed by brands and retailers including Primark, Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) and Inditex.

Plans are also underway to digitally map Bangladesh's ready-made garment factories, although the estimate of approximately 8,000 RMG facilities in Bangladesh, is "significantly larger than the estimates of most stakeholders inside and outside of Bangladesh."

Size of Bangladesh RMG industry still hard to assess