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CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh (CNN) -- Police said Friday that the death toll in an explosion at a textile mill in Bangladesh had risen to 85.

Officials at Chittagong Medical College Hospital said at least 150 people at been injured.

The incident began late Thursday when an electric generator exploded at the Bangladeshi-owned KTS Textile Mill, 135 miles southeast of the capital, Dhaka.

The generator explosion, in turn, set off an explosion in a boiler, police said.

Around 1,000 workers employed by the plant, most of them women, were inside at the time of the explosion.

It took firefighters three hours to bring the blaze under control.

-- Journalist Tasnim Khalil contributed to this report

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