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Fire guts closed Bangladesh factory

A fire has destroyed a nine-storey clothes factory near Bangladesh's capital Dhaka, but no casualties have been reported.

Fire officials say unidentified people set fire to the factory in Gazipur district after it had closed last night.

Local fire official Abu Jafar said that no casualties have been reported because the fire happened outside work hours.

The factory belongs to Standard Group of Companies, a Bangladeshi company.

Mr Jafar says 200 firefighters worked to bring the fire under control but some of them could not reach the scene immediately because angry factory workers blocked them.

He says the workers had a dispute with the company management but could not provide further details.

AP

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